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- FINDING NAMES: Ignore words like "the", "Mt.", or "Lake." Mt. Hathor is under H, Cape Juno is under J.
- EACH ENTRY: the title links to a tour with local maps. Links inside an entry get you simple definitions.
- CAPITALS--Large or famous places are in CAPITALS.
- EAST AND WEST: on Venus, longitude is always measured east, from 0 right up to 359.
Cape Fakahotu: 60 N, 110 E
- The south end of Tethus, a terra (island over a million square km) east of Ishtar. Fakahotu's a low, hilly corona with a wide coastal plain, much indented and with many islands. Fakahotu is the greenest part of Tethus--subtropical forests except a few grassy inland slopes of the central hills. To the northeast is the backbone of Tethus, culminating in Mt. Melia, standing over three-lobed Melia Bay, 200 km wide. To the north, across Vacuna Gulf, is another great terra, Meskhent. The Ananke Islands are to the south. East and west are only sea.
Fand: 7 N, 157 E
- A small volcanic island 30 km across in the mouth of Rusalka Bay, in central Aphrodite. Fand resembles much larger Urutonga, 300 km to the west, but is rainier--the volcano is tall enough to catch rain, sustaining savanna with scattered trees and permanent streams. The climate, shaded by the equatorial rings, is pleasantly warm, but Fand has few residents, due to its isolation; the only flyways are from Urutonga and Asherat--long hard flights from equally lonely places.
Faravari Island: 44 S, 307 E
- Faravari is a hilly island 120 km across, off the east coast of Themis. Faravari is Amazonian rainforest coast to coast--though sea breezes keep it slightly cooler than the Megazoic mainland.
Farida Islands: 6-7 N, 32-53 E
- An east-west ridge south of Pavlova forming an island chain over 1600 km long (1000 mi), reaching nearly to Aphrodite); fliers use the Faridas to cross from Aphrodite to Eistla and Ishtar. The largest of the Faridas is some 200 km long. They're rugged and wooded, opening to glades on some south slopes. The climate's Hawaiian--offshore, coral is quickly building up reefs.
Fatima Islands: 15 S, 35 E
- A small chain in the Tinatin Sea, between the Umay-Ene and the Scorpion's Jaws (far west Aphrodite). East to west, the Fatimas stretch 500 km, but the islands are low and small by Cytheran standards--few over 40 km long. The climate's Hawaiian--offshore, coral is quickly building up reefs. A northern spur of the chain links it to the Vashti Islands near the Aphroditean mainland. And in the south, the Minn-Anni Islands lead to huge Umay-Ene, in the Alpha Archipelago. So fliers use the Fatimas to cross from Alpha to Aphrodite and Eistla in very short island-hops, just a couple of hours' flight each time. Not the directest route, but the safest.
Fatua: 15 S, 15 E
- An archipelego in the Tinatin Sea, between Alpha and the Scorpion's Jaws (far west Aphrodite). Fatua has three groups, from two to four times the size of the Hawiian chain, all with Hawaiian climates. They're clustered in roughly circular patterns: weak coronas? The south group, Fatua, is the largest--a C shape around a deep "blue hole," looking much like a Terran coral atoll, though the geology's quite different. But coral has taken root--in a few eons, the coronal base may be irrelevant and the coral's imperatives will shape these islands into true atolls. The northern group is Tiffany, and the western, Xantippe. 500 km west of Fatua is lonely Atargotis, often not considered part of the archipelago, but a link to the Heng-O Islands.
Two non-islands are worth noting: 200 km north of the Xantippes is a very large, very deep "blue hole": Thouris Corona. It has a flawless round raised rim that simply doesn't reach the surface--a couple of hundred meters down. But in this clear pelagic water and the bright light of Venus, coral can grow at that depth--just barely. So in a few eons, Thouris may become a coral atoll. Cybele, a second blue hole east of Thouris, has a much lower rim that'll never be a reef, but a central peak that may also be near enough to the surface to anchor coral--if it doesn't erupt.
Faustina: 22 N, 5 E
- Faustina is a ring-island 30 km across--the apron of ejecta from an ancient impact. A lake has formed in the central crater. Faustina is just off Cape Annia, an old lava flow from Mt. Gula, in eastern Eistla. 200 km north is a steep volcanic island, Drolma, off a cape of the same name. Faustina's rough and wooded though not lush.
Fava Mts: 3 S, 85 E
- High mountains in northern Ovda (western Aphrodite), just south of the lake-basin of Kokomeis. The Favas, like the Nayunuwis across the lake and the Salikas to the east, have snowcapped peaks above alpine meadows and forests of pine and aspen. (Ovda is equatorial, and the rings cool this zone more than the torrid zones north and south of it.).
Lake Fea, Fea Fossae: 29 N, 224 E
- A narrow north-south lake, 360 km long, in central Ulfrun (east Aphrodite), nestled in one of the Fea Fossae, a series of long, parallel ridges and valleys much like the Appalachians. The shores are open woods; the surrounding ridges are rainforest. Just to the south, in a smaller, higher valley, is Lake Tussaud.
Felesta Islands: 37-38 N, 47-49 E
- The Felestas are unique on Venus: a fresh-water archipelago. They dot huge, shallow Lake Nefertiti in northern Bell, in eastern Eistla. The Felestas are craggy, misty, warm, drenched, densely wooded to the waterline. All are densely inhabited.
Felesta Fjords: 36-38 N, 46 E
- The Felesta Fjords indent the coast west of the Nefertiti massif in northern Bell (eastern Eistla region). They aren't ice-cut fjords, of course, but cracks due to crustal stretching or creep. For Venus, these particular fossae aren't large, but they're quite scenic; sounds a couple of hundred meters wide and deep, cliff-walls clothed in waterfalls, mist and hanging gardens. Round windows gleam among the ferns: sphinx cliffhouses.
Felicia Gulf: 21 S, 220 E
- Felicia Gulf, 700 km wide, stretches southwest of Chondi, between Aphrodite and Parga. The climate's mild, but rather dry; the shores are mostly brush and grass.
Feronia: 65 N, 280 E
- The largest of the Mnemosyne Islands west of Ishtar, Feronia is 500 km long, fishhook-shaped, and mostly wooded. Not rainforest, just warm, green country--coastal California pared off from its continent.
Cape Feruk and Feruk Island: 67 S, 108 E
- The eastern tip of Lada, this peninsula is 300 km long and wide. Cape Feruk resembles Central California, with touches of Italy: a patchwork of grassy hills, oaks, vineyards and olive groves inland, while redwood groves fill the coastal valleys. Feruk Island, northeast of the cape, is a wooded U-shaped isle 150 km wide; it bears the crater that gave both cape and island their names. Off Cape Feruk, the Flutra Islands stretch 800 km east.
Cape Flidais, Lake Flidais: 25 S, 175 E
- Cape Flidais, 5-600 km long, helps shelter Poranica Bay on the south shore of Aphrodite near Dali Chasma. Between Cape Flidais and Cape Klafsky to the east, a narrow strait leads to the trilobed inner bay. To the west at the base of the cape is Lake Flidais, 300 km long, then the Dali Range and Lake Gulnara. To the north is inner Poranica Bay and then Henwen Plain.
Florence Island and Cape Florence: 18 S, 82 E
- The south coastal plain of Ovda, in west Aphrodite has few bays or promontories between Tawera Bay and the beginning of Cape Juno. The largest is Cape Florence, a low but rough peninsula with its end lopped off by a channel 15 km wide and 50 long. The resulting island, Florence, only 50 km across, is still the largest along this coast. Prevailing winds blow east here, or at times from the inland heights, keeping the mainland fairly dry--grassy rolling hills, mostly. But the cape catches storms from the Tahmina Sea, supporting open woods--a bit greener than the Channel Islands off California, which it otherwise resembles
Flutra Islands: 65-70, 110-115 E
- An archipelago off East Lada stretching some 800 km. Flutra, the first and largest, is 230 km wide and resembles coastal California: a patchwork of grassy hills and oaks with pines on the heights; redwood groves fill some coastal valleys. To its north is a volcanic cone, Pahto. Further east are Deobako, the Ruads and volcanic Angrboda, Latmikaik in the north, and lonely Katl-Imi, all of them Mediterranean, mostly rock and grass, though the two volcanoes are high enough to sustain dense forest.
Foquet Marsh: 15 S, 203 E
- An impact crater 60 km wide cupping a small marsh; an oasis in the dusty dry-grass plains of southeast Aphrodite. The apron of debris around the crater is unusually thick, creating a radial badland with wind-carved hoodoos. The nearby coast has no reliable surface streams aside from the hills of Cape Kolias. To the west, the steppe runs all the way to the Vibert-Douglas Range. To the north it gets worse: the red Jokwa desert, 1500 km wide. At least the coast has enough dry grass and brush to keep the dust down.
Fornax: 29 N, 200 E
- the largest island in the Vinmara Sea, in northeast Aphrodite, between the subcontinents of Atla and Ulfrun. Fornax is a chevron-shape about 300 km wide, mostly open woods with a few meadows, neither as dry as the nearby Atla mainland (which lies in the rainshadow of the Nokomis Mts), nor as rainy as Ulfrun to the east.
Fortuna Tessera, Fortuna Mts: 66 N, 55 E
- the highlands of northeast Ishtar--modest hills by Ishtar standards, though they'd be respectable anywhere else on Venus. Highest point: Mt. Pocahontas, which occasionally has snow. The range looks like the skin of a horny toad, with angular, pyramidal warts softened only slightly by the thick pine forests blanketing them.
Lake Fossey: 7 N, 195 E
- This huge lake, some 800 km long and 250 wide, lies between Mt. Maat and Mt Sapas, in eastern Aphrodite, in a broad, semi-arid, grassy basin, mostly lava from the two volcanoes. Despite the name, gorillas don't live here--this is wild horse and elephant country--but they do inhabit the wooded slopes of Mt Maat, Mt Sapas, Mt O, the Ozza Range and the Nokomis Mts, ringing the great lake.
FREYJA MTS: 74 N, 337 E
- a range on the northern edge of Ishtar. Nearly Himalayan, one of the few snowy ranges on Venus--with the most glaciers after the Maxwell Mts. To the north, west and east are pine forests; to the southwest is the Akna Range, a near-twin of the Freyjas; to the south is the driest part of the Lakshmi Plateau, made a high-altitude desert by the rainshadow of the Freyjas.
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