Discovery Rupes

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Discovery Rupes
Discovery Rupes
Feature type Rupes
Coordinates 56°18′S 38°18′W / 56.3°S 38.3°W / -56.3; -38.3Coordinates: 56°18′S 38°18′W / 56.3°S 38.3°W / -56.3; -38.3
Eponym HMS Discovery

Discovery Rupes is an escarpment on Mercury approximately 650 kilometers (400 mi) long and 2 kilometers (6,562 feet) high, located at latitude 56.3 S and longitude 38.3 W. It was formed by a thrust fault, thought to have occurred due to the shrinkage of the planet's core as it cooled over time. The scarp cuts through Rameau crater.