Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Rupes, Rupēs

  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_322

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Scarp (IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Previous Definition

Scarp: fault in mare or high arcuate scarp in terra (Wilhelms 1987 p. 3).

Origin of Term

Rock, cliff, Latin


Names of lunar rupes are in reverse order (descriptor term is the first element).

History of Nomenclature

Lunar rupēs (e.g., Straight Wall) were Latinized in 1964 (Arthur 1966).

See Also


  1. Arthur DWG (1966) An extended form of Blagg and Müller’s schema of lunar nomenclature. In: Pecker J-S (ed) Proceedings of the twelfth general assembly. Transactions of the IAU, vol XIIB. Academic Press, London, New York, pp 202–205Google Scholar
  2. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/DescriptorTerms
  3. Wilhelms DE (1987) The geologic history of the moon. USGS Professional paper 1348Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA