Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2015 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, Daniele L. Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Daniel Rouan, Tilman Spohn, Stéphane Tirard, Michel Viso

Rupes, Rupēs

  • Jörn HelbertEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44185-5_1398


Rupes (Latin for cliff) are lobate scarps on the surface of  Mercury. Rupes are formed by compressional tectonics. The largest known feature of this kind on Mercury is Discovery Rupes. Discovery Rupes is about 550 km long and stands as high as 1.5 km.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DLRInstitut für PlanetenforschungBerlinGermany