Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Solitudo, [Solitudines]

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_535

A generic term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


None, they are part of albedo features category (IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Previous Definition

Small mare (Whitaker and Andersson 1982).

Origin of Term

Solitude, featureless land, Latin.

History of Nomenclature

Introduced by Antoniadi (1934), who applied this term to “desert-like” dark to gray patches, taking into account “the desert condition and the enormous amount of heat received by the planet” (Antoniadi 1934[1974], p. 32). Note that bright albedo features have no generic term.

See Also


  1. Antoniadi EM (1934) La Planete Mercure. Gauthier-Villars, Paris. [translation: 1974, The Planet Mercury, transl. Patrick Moore, Shaldon: Keith Reid]Google Scholar
  2. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetter of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/
  3. Whitaker EA, Andersson LE (1982) NASA catalogue of lunar nomenclature. NASA Reference Publication 1097Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA