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The purpose of this set of maps is to provide an up-to-date source showing the locations of Mercury surface feature names approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). As new names are approved by the IAU, they will be added to the maps. If a name is dropped, it will be removed, and if a feature is renamed, the new name will replace the old name. Whenever there is a change to the Mercury portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, that change will be shown on the corresponding map, and a revision date will be added to the map. Changes to the gazetteer listings are also recorded in the "News" section on the title page of the gazetteer.
The 1:5 million-scale series of Mercury maps divides Mercury into 15 quadrangles, H-1 through H-15 (5 Mercator, 8 Lambert Conformal, and 2 Polar Stereographic quadrangles). The base mosaic (Becker et al., 2009) is composed of MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) MDIS (Mercury Dual Imaging System) and Mariner 10 images. Two mosaics were provided for this project; one shows the Mariner 10 images on top, and the other shows MESSENGER images on top. For each of the 15 quadrangles, we determined which data set better portrays the named features. For H-1, H-3, H-6, H-8, H-11, H-12, and H-15, the image base with Mariner 10 on top was used. For H-2, H-4, H-5, H-7, H-9, H-10, H-13, and H-14, the image base with MESSENGER on top was used.
Name Placement and Font:
Placement of names on the maps follows USGS cartographic standards. Names are placed inside craters if they fit comfortably within the feature. If a name does not fit inside the feature, the next preferable location is used: just outside the feature and to the right of it. If another name or another feature precludes this positioning, the name is placed elsewhere outside the feature in a readable spot. For every name that is placed outside of a crater, a dot is placed in the center of the crater so there is no question which crater the name is associated with. For non-crater features, names are placed alongside or on the features.
Ryan Raub, Scott Akins and Mark Bailen of the USGS are responsible for the design and function of the web pages. Bonnie Redding, also of the USGS, provided image processing and cartographic skills. The members of the IAU’s Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature and its Task Groups have worked since the early 1970s to provide a clear system of planetary nomenclature that represents cultures and countries from all regions of Earth. This work was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, through the Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program.
Please send comments regarding these maps, or planetary nomenclature in general, to Jennifer Blue at email@example.com.
Davies, M.E., S.E. Dwornik, D.E. Gault, and R.G. Strom, Atlas of Mercury, NASA SP-423, 1978.
Shaded relief maps of Mercury, 1:5,000,000 series, U.S. Geological Survey, 1976 and 1977.
Shaded Relief Map of Mercury, 1:15,000,000, U.S. Geological Survey I-1149, 1979.
Becker, K.J., M.S. Robinson, T.L. Becker, L.A. Weller, S. Turner, L. Nguyen, C. Selby, B.W. Denevi, S.L. Murchie, R.L. McNutt, S.C. Solomon, Near Global Mosaic of Mercury, Eos, Vol. 90, Number 52, 29 December 2009, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract P21A-1189.