Tholus, Tholi

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A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Small domical mountain or hill (IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Previous Definitions

Domes (Burba 1990); hill. Isolated domical small mountain or hill (de Vaucouleurs et al. 1975).

Origin of Term

Dome, circular building, Latin; from tholos: dome, domed tomb, ancient Greek.

See Also




  1. Burba GA (1990) Names on the maps of Venus – a pre-Magellan review. Earth Moon Planets 50–51:541–558CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature.
  3. de Vaucouleurs G, Blunck J, Davies M, Dollfus A, Koval IK, Kuiper GP, Masursky H, Miyamoto S, Moroz VI, Sagan C, Smith B (1975) The new Martian nomenclature of the international astronomical union. Icarus 26(1):85–98CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planetary Science Research GroupEötvös Loránd University, Institute of Geography and Earth SciencesBudapestHungary