Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Serpens, [Serpentes]

  • Rebecca Williams
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_378

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, which is assigned for a type of  sinuous ridge on Mars.


“Sinuous feature with segments of positive and negative relief along its length” (IAU 2012).


See Figs. 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planetary Science InstituteTucsonUSA