Quidlivun Cavus

Summary

Quidlivun Cavus
Feature typecavus
LocationPluto
Coordinates22°S 173°E / 22°S 173°E / -22; 173Coordinates: 22°S 173°E / 22°S 173°E / -22; 173
DiscovererNew Horizons
Namingqudlivun

Quidlivun is a small depression on the surface of Pluto corresponding to the central caldera of Wright Mons, southwest of the Tenzing Montes and adjacent to Morgoth Macula. It was discovered by the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015 and informally named after the Inuit land of the dead on the Moon.

The name is a misspelling[1] of the Inuktitut qudlivun "(those) above us", where souls go after being purified in the Underworld, adlivun "(those) beneath us".[2]

References

  1. ^ For example, in a reference to Boaz in Anthropology Newsletter (1995: vol. 36, p. 46)
  2. ^ Franz Boaz (1888) "The central Eskimo", in Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology. Smithsonian Institution, Washington.