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Caliban, 22 S, 275 E
A desert island 200 km (125 mi) long, southwest of Gaiila. Caliban's caught in a drybelt (high pressure zone) and is too low to harvest moisture from clouds; the low rolling land is dry, golden veldt, with trees only along the shallow streams. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Carahue Bay, 42-44 N, 93-97 E
A sound off northern Troisleons, 800 km long and 500 wide (500 x 300 mi). The bay's waters are unusually rich; the great Balamorg and Carahue Rivers dump megatons of mud into it. The Wold shelters the bay to the north, making it unusually warm for this latitude. (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
Carahue River and Plain, 36-42 N, 85-93 E
The muddy Carahue River on Troisleons, 2600 km (1600 mi) long, is the second longest in the world (after the Farview R. on Corona). It drains by far the largest basin--the Carahue Plain, over a million square miles in the heart of the temperate rainbelt. The plain's huge mossy trees resemble the Olympic Peninsula's rainforest except that many of these giants are broadleaf, and their forest covers half a continent.(Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
CARHEDDIN, 47-50 N, 220-238 E
A diamond-shaped land in the Roland Group, 2900 km long (1800 mi) from eastern Cape Engdahl to western Cape Barrow, and up to 600 km wide. Low evergreen-clad hills rise inland to Mt Wolund, a twin-peaked dormant volcano 3 km (2 mi) high. The climate's cool but mild, with snow-free coasts even in winter, though Wolund's ice-capped. The long north shore is sheltered by the many Starhaven Islands; the south has only one, Mistherd, in the southwest. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
CARNOI, 20-25 S, 250 E
An island 1350 km (850 mi) long and up to 800 (500) wide, southeast end of the Gaiila Cluster, south of Tau. Rugged but low, with the exception of Mt Carnoi in the northwest corner, reaching 3300 m (11,000'). Carnoi's near a high-pressure zone, so the northwest coast is desert and the west coast savanna, though the highlands and east coast have patchy woods. It's rather Mediterranean. Large, wingless grass-eaters (and associated predators) dominate Carnoi, unlike the rainforest canopy-dwellers of Gaiila, Equatoria and Quetlan to the north. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Centauri Gulf, 26 N, 355-2 E
A bay 1000 km long and 300 wide (600 by 200 mi) at the southeast end of Corona, in Ythri. The bay's waters are fertile, for Lyr; the Sagittarius River feeds it megatons of silt, while the long island of Halcyon shelters it to the south. The shores are subtropical--mixed groves and meadows. (Source: People of the Wind)
Mt Cerberus, 82 S, 236 E
A volcano about 3500 m high (11,600'). Not just the highest point in Antarctica... Cerberus is the whole thing! The tiny Antarctic "landmass" is really just ice accreted round this one mountain. While name echoes Mt Erebus, Cerberus is really more like Mt Fairweather or any of Alaska's glacier-spawning coastal peaks--for in summer, on the coast, it's almost shirtsleeve weather (if your shirt is flannel--Cerberus does have glacier breath after all.) (Source: Erebus, plus a whim)
Chakora Sea, Chakora Trench, 15-50 S, 30-105 E
A small southern sea between Ikrananka and Katandara, in the Polesotechnic Strip. The Chakora Trench follows the shores of both lands, forming one-third of a circle; in the sea's center is the single small island of Haijakata, like the axle of a wheel. The Sea, about four times the size of the Mediterranean, is merely a finger of the much larger Chakora Ocean, the size of the Pacific. (Source: The Trouble Twisters)
CHAKORA OCEAN, 20 S, 90-105 E
A southern ocean the size of the Pacific, south of the Polesotechnic Strip. Don't confuse the ocean with the Chakora Sea, a mere northeast finger of the Ocean, off Ikrananka. A rift zone, the Chakora Chasma, runs down the center-west; the east edge disappears into the Dahia Trench, the north edge, into the Larsum Trench. The ocean's deep and quite islandless--even the ridges flanking the rift are far below the surface. (Source: The Trouble Twisters)
Chaou, 31N, 301 E
An island 320 km (200 mi) long, off Vodan in central Oronesia. Chaou's formed of two shield volcanoes rising in mid-ocean; the northern peak reaches 3100 m (10,200'). The east coast is rainforest, thinning to a rather Mediterranean climate on the west, with a belt of "pine" on its shoulders and a crown of alpine meadows; the peak is snowcapped in winter. (Source: People of the Wind)
Chasuble Range, 40 N, 335-339 E
The spine of Hesperia, west of Corona in the Ythri Cluster. The Chasubles run unbroken for 1500 km (900 mi), with no passes under 2400 m (8000') and peaks up to 3800 m (12,600'). The slopes are a chilly cloudforest wreathed in perpetual mist and drizzle. Above the clouds, alpine meadows sprawl below snowy peaks. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
Mt Chee Lan, 20 S, 109 E
A peak 3 km (2 mi) high, in the Sundhadarta Range of Ikrananka. The east slope is forested; the west, in a rainshadow, is grassland. (Source: The Trouble Twisters)
Chena River, 11 N, 29-31 E
A river 500 km long (300 mi) draining south-central Lokon around Mt Atheia. The Chena Basin's a monsoon forest, very dry then very wet. (Source: The Sharing of Flesh)
Mt Choth, Choth Peninsula, 40 N, 266-270 E
A twin-peaked shield volcano at the east end of Li, in Oronesia. The higher western summit is 4400 m (14,400'). Choth catches the brunt of storms hitting Li, and gets up to 6 m (240 inches) of rain a year (not quite as much as it sounds, since a Lyran year is so long. Equivalent to perhaps 100 inches on Earth--still very wet). Choth's slopes sustain lush cloud-forests rather like Earth's redwoods, and nearly as tall, despite Lyr's gravity. The volcano's nearly its own island 800 km (500 mi) long, like a scaled-up Hawaii, linked to Li by only a lava-flow isthmus. Unlike Hawaii, the Choth Peninsula has no dry side; the jungle's broken only by the two summits, rearing above the clouds. (Source: People of the Wind)
Cibarra, 22 S, 176 E
Second largest of the Kyrie Islands, an archipelago 750 km west of the Ro Islands off southern Kilnu in the Diomedes Cluster. Cibarra, 1300 km south of Kyrie proper, is 170 km (110 mi) long and half as wide, a hilly but fertile land with a Mediterranean climate. The Cibarra Group also contains Auriga and a halo of lesser islets and reefs. (Source: The Martyr)
Clodia Bay, Clodia Is., 0-3 S, 279-282 E
A bay 800 km long and 300 wide (500 by 300 mi) straddling the equator, at the end of Cape Fairweather on Gaiila. The shores are rainforest right down to the beach. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Clam River, Clam Sound, 48 N, 172-175 E
The longest river on Sherrin, in the Roland Group, the Clam runs 600 km east from Mt Hauch to Clam Sound, a muddy, brackish estuary 50 km wide and 200 long, widening into Dream Bay. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Mt Cloudmoor, Cloudmoor R., 65 N, 203 E
A shield volcano 2500 m (8250') high; the tallest on Polaris in the Roland Group. Glaciers cover the peak; its wide shoulders are tundra. Boreal forests fill the Cloudmoor River Basin to the south; the Cloudmoor's the largest river on Polaris, 800 km (500 mi) long. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Coint, 8 N, 136 E
Easternmost of the Hisagazi Islands (NE end of the Polesotechnic Strip); 220 km wide (140 mi), mostly open tropical forest. (Source: The Longest Voyage)
CORONA, 25-49 N, 0-25 E
Corona, the heart of the Ythri Cluster, is the largest single landmass on Lyr: 11,430,000 sq km (4.5 M sq mi), bigger than Europe, Canada or the US, and all of it fertile, with a temperate maritime climate. Corona's shaped like a tilted Y, with mountains (the Gray and Andromeda ranges) along its south and west coasts, with wide lowlands between. (Source: People of the Wind)
Lake Coya, Coya River, 21 S, 252E
The Coya River drains most of northern Carnoi, in the Gaiila Cluster. Its source is on Mt Carnoi; halfway to the sea is Lake Coya, an oval 140 km (90 mi) wide and over a thousand meters deep. (Source: Lodestar)
Cromdhu Is., 38-42 N, 100-108 E
Four large and many small islands off eastern Troisleons. All are long, narrow, and rugged, covered in lush temperate rainforest above sea-cliffs. The largest is 600 km (375 mi) long. Between the Cromdhus and the mainland is over a million sqare miles (nearly 3M sq km) of sheltered water: the Gulf of Cromdhu. (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
Gulf of Cromdhu, 35-40 N, 95-106 E
A great sound in eastern Troisleons over 2500 km (1500 mi) wide; as big as the Mediterranean. It's bounded by Cape Balamorg, the Cromdhu Islands, and the Alianora Peninsula. Cromdhu's innermost tongue becomes Lourville Bay; beyond the Cromdhu Islands is the Alianora Sea. Its shores are rugged but green; the climate's mild and rainy. The "dh" is a voiced th, as in "this". (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
Cullen Range, 57 N, 192 E
The central mountains on Barbro in the Roland Group; a narrow range cut off by valleys from Cape Irons to the south and the wider north. Mt Cullen, the highest, just reaches 3 km (10,000'). (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Mt and Lake Cundaloa, 6 S, 286 E
A broad volcano in the northern Valeria Range in Gaiila, 4100 m (13,450'). Its cliff-walled caldera is nearly 60 km (40 mi) wide. It holds azure Lake Cundaloa, deepest on the continent. (Source: The Helping Hand.)
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