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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.
Gabie Cliffs: 66 N, 100 E
- An escarpment 600 km long, cutting across Meskhent, east of Ishtar. To the north are the low green Tusholi Hills. The Cliffs bisect the island; to the south is Meskhent Plateau, covered in both mesa-like tessera and pit-lakes typical of "stringy" tessera, an unusual mix. The climate around the cliffs is like northern California--cool subtropical, lush near the coasts and wherever the cliffs catch rain, but dry oak groves and meadows on inland plains. On the west, the cliffs run into the Sea of Ops, to the east, into Earhart Bay.
Cape Gabriela, Lake Gabriela: 16 S, 240 E
- A peninsula 400 km long and 250 wide, in northeast Chondi, surrounded by branches of Dzywica Sound. Due north are the small Holla Islands. The Gabriela coast is savanna, but the central hills are wooded. Between Cape Gabriela and the Atete Mts to the east lies Lake Gabriela, a V-shape some 200 km long, helping divide the cape from central Chondi to the south--savanna in the east near the lake, rising in the west to the Aeracura Mts and Mt. Gwen, a low shield volcano.
Gahano Islands: 76 S, 70 E
- A chain of islands from 1-200 km across, south of East Lada. These lonely islands have a mild to cool climate, never freezing but often windy and foggy. The land is low, grassy, rocky. The Gahanos are named for a crater on the central island, but since birds nest here by the millions, they're more often called the Guanos. The runoff fertilizes the sea around them, attracting fish, and cetaceans who feed on them.
Gail Valley: 18 S, 100 E
- a long valley in southwest Aphrodite, south of Ovda. Gail is a wide grassland near the coast, with a green strip down the middle--the Kwanja River. But when the main river turns north into Kwanja Gorge, the shallow Gail River goes on straight east, its valley getting drier the further it cuts inland. A southern arm of Gail Valley, between the Gauri and Boszorkany ranges, is true desert in spots.
Lake Galindo: 20 S, 255 E
- Lake Galindo is a classic chasma-lake, long, narrow and deep, in the bottom of Parga Chasm. Galindo is 250 km long.. Its shores are savanna; the chasma-ridges above it are wooded fingers of the greener country to the southeast. A sister lake, Dilga, lies to the west.
GANIKI SEA: 35 N, 190 E
- a small sea due north of the Nokomis Mountains on Aphrodite; beyond the huge Nemesis Islands on the northern edge is the Atalanta Sea. To the west past Fornax is the Vinmara Sea.
Ganis Bay, Lake Ganis: 15 N, 200 E
- Ganis Chasma, a rift in northeast Aphrodite, is the deep central rift running along the Nokomis Mountains, splitting them deeply, especially in the south where it forms Lake Ganis, 800 km long and up to 150 wide, studded with rugged islands and capes, all running north-south--one of the largest and jaggedest rift-lakes on Venus.
- Ganis Bay, 500 km wide and deep, north of Lake Mem-Loimis, is not directly on the Chasma but is perhaps caused by it. The whole coastal strip is generally dry, with brushy lowlands like Mediterranean scrub and uplands of oak and olive.
GASHAN-KI PENINSULA: 12 N, 242 E
- Gashan-Ki is a cape fully 1500 km long, in the Hecate Sea east ofUlfrun. Its leaf-shaped tip is Gashan-Ki Corona, a range of concentric hills with a lake 100 km long in the center. The uplands are pine forest, even some redwood; the lowlands, mixed woods and savanna. It's warm, pleasant, tame-looking country. But from the hills, looking north over Sulus Sound, you can see the rugged, snowy Wyrd Mountains rear abruptly from the sea--a startling sight in this subtropical climate. The cliffs don't end at the beach--the sound is the heart of Hecate Chasma--deep azure sea, not the typical Cytheran turquoise. Southeast of Gashan-Ki is Cape Akeley, and two blue holes ringed with islands: Sobra and Rind.
Mt. Gauri: 20 S, 103 E
- The highest peak in the fertile Cape Juno region of southwest Aphrodite. The Gauri Mts and are densely wooded and mild in climate, but they cast a rainshadow, so their inland side is dry--a tiny outlier of the Central Aphroditean desert. Boszorkany Dorsa, a long ridge to the east of Gauri, has sparser woods, and behind it is dry Viriplaca Basin--800 km of wide, dry, grassy, treeless plains.
Gaze Bay and Gaze Neck: 11 N, 238 E and 15, 235
- A bay just west of Ulfrun, that would've been a channel between the Kabel and Hecate Seas, except for a narrow isthmus at the head of the bay, linking Cape Perchta on the Ulfrun mainland to the Wyrd Peninsula. South, beyond the neck, is the main channel of Hecate Chasm; this stretch is Uotakh Sound. No, not a typo. Uotakh. Well, that's simpler than Uotakh-Sulus, its official full name, isn't it? By the way, while we're on names... Gaze sounds more like "gauzy" than "gays." The name's borrowed from a drowned crater near the mouth of the bay--neither the valley nor the isthmus are notable enough to have official names of their own yet. Gaze Bay has mild, warm weather (it's shaded by the equatorial rings). Headlands and islets are grassy, the coasts are open woods along the coasts, and the uplands are conifer forests. Reminiscent of the Acapulco coast, it's a pleasant habitat for unmodified humans.
Gbadu Island: 0 N, 39
- An island off Aphrodite's west coast, 600 km long. Gbadu's warm, mild and maritime, sustaining forests and a few open meadows on the many mesas--Gbadu has tessera, a regular pattern of mesas and ridges. It looks a bit like the cliffy parts of Northern Australia, though Gbadu lacks their seasonal floods and droughts. Across a deep, narrow, sinuous, cliff-lined channel to the west is an even bigger stretch of tessera, on southern Dzalarhons.
Gefjun Peninsula: 33 S, 100 E
- A narrow, forked cape 500 km long, near Cape Junoin southwest Aphrodite. At its base is eyelike Gefjun Corona, a hilly ring around Lake Gefjun, 120 km wide. To the east is Cape Ney. To the west is Deloria Bay, then Cape Juno itself. The hills are gentle, the forest hot but rarely oppressive. The highest hills of the corona do sustain a strip of true rain- and cloud-forest.
GEGUTE ISLANDS: 10-35 N, 120 E
- A subtropical island chain over 2000 km long in the Niobe Ocean, off Thetis in central Aphrodite. Of 16 major islands, the largest are MacDonald and Gegute proper, each some 600 km long. The Gegutes are a tessera field--a maze of deep, winding, shady fjords and wooded canyons below grassy mesas, as steep and surreal as a Roadrunner cartoon--with better swimming. Isles over 150 km long include: central Nintu, Vallija off MacDonald, sinuous Allatu, arcuate Omeciuatl, fjorded Neeltje, cliffy Merit and Ptah, hilly Bhumiya and Adzoba, and Dhisana in the west. In the far north, the small Una Is. link MacDonald to the Akkruvas and Tellus.
Gerd Islands: 50-60 S, 300 E
- The steep little Gerd Islands link Themis and Lada, dividing the Helen and Lavinia Seas. The Gerd chain stretches south 1000 km from Cape Tureshmat on Themis to Cape Kamui at the western tip of Lada. The Gerds are warm and rainy, with cloud forests on the peaks. To their southwest, the Jane Islands lead to the Terra of Neringa. To the east is the Isle of Morrigan, the only part of rugged Morrigan Chasma to rise above the Lavinia Sea.
Lake Gertjon: 29 S, 277 E
- An irregular lake 240 km across, in eastern Parga, near the isthmus to Themis. Lake Gertjon is nestled in steep, rainforest hills. It's just outside the torrid zone--warm and rainy, but not a steambath like Themis. Two large volcanoes look down on the lake, Ts'an-Nu to the west, Mielikki to the east.
Geyaguga Chasma: 55 S, 65 E
- A chasma crossing East Lada, forming Geyaguga Bay, a sound 400 km long, paralleling the north shore of Mugazo Gulf. Above the bay's head, Lake Geyaguga fills the chasma floor for another 250 km. The chasma then joins a branch of Xaratanga Chasma, digs another great lake, and exits Lada's east coast. The Geyaguga valley is hot and humid, with rainforest rivaling the Amazon. Cape Geyaguga, the coastal strip between the bay and Mugazo Gulf, is a bit cooler and drier, though still thickly forested.
Cape Glinda: 35 S, 8 E
- A thread of a ridge 250 km long and only 10 wide, at the east end of Carpo, one of the Alpha Islands. Cape Dorothy, identically long and slender, parallels Glinda to the south. Between them is Dorothy Bay, 120 km wide, 250 long--a shallow coral sea cut by narrow north-south veins of deep water--underwater gashes called the Brynhild Fossae. The cliffsides of the fossae form spectacular vertical undersea gardens off Cape Glinda, and just to the north, on western Sophia, the fossa walls surface, forming dozens of tropical fjords.
The name Glinda is a rare exception where I've totally invented a name. The southern cape lacked an official name but it was next to Dorothy Crater (small, and drowned). But no named features at all are near Cape Dorothy's northern twin. I considered Auntie Em... I considered Toto, too. Not very goddess-like! Glinda seemed the only choice. Well, if it offends you, you can call it North Cape.
The Goslings: 24 S, 342 E
- The Goslings are islets north of the goose-shaped island of Menat, in the northern Lavinia Sea. The islets are odd winding ridges called undae, forming a maze of water and land 150 km wide. The land's subtropical; western ridge-slopes are mostly wooded, while east faces are savanna. The Goslings are stepping-stones on the flyway between Dione and Themis in the west and Alpha in the east. Due north past the Goslings, and next on the flyway, is the atoll-like Qetesh Hole.
Grechukha Tholi: 9 S, 256 E
- A cluster of volcanic islets in the middle of the Hecate Sea--the southeast end of the Javine Islands. Grassy, with few trees, but growing coral reefs around their feet. To the northeast is Viardot, a larger volcanic cone forming a true island with forests and streams.
Grimke Bay: 21 N, 218 E
- A bay in southwest Ulfrun (east Aphrodite), a branch of Zewana Sound. Grimke Bay is a narrow T-shaped sound about 500 km long, just south of Cape Boleyn and north of Yermysh Veldt. The shores are savanna, though the highlands above are open forest.
GRIZODUBOVA: 25 N, 300 E
- An island 800 km long, east of Beta in the Guinevere Sea, part of the Navka chain. "Griza" is really two triangular islands linked by a narrow ridge 150 km long, popular with gliders, as it lies across the prevailing winds (such as they are, on Venus). Griza is wooded along the ridges and along streams, otherwise oak savanna and sunny beaches, with a mild, dryish climate (Griza's slightly rainshadowed by the deserts of Beta, upwind).
Gudrun Islands: 10 N, 325 E
- The Gudruns are in the east-central Navka Islands, off Phoebe. Most of the islands are small, but two are around 100 km long. To the west are the Nang-Byon Islands, flanking a long trench leading to a blue hole (false atoll), Madderakka. To the south are the similar Tingoi Islands. To the north and east is the Guinevere Sea, broken only by the lonely islands of Beiwe and Seymour. The Gudruns have a mild dry climate; shaded by the equatorial rings, in a dry, high-pressure zone. The islands are grassy--only streambanks and the higher hills have woods. Herbivore heaven for the locals, mostly winged antelope and prezebras (see Peoples of Venus).
GUINEVERE SEA: 10 N, 330 E
- one of Venus's largest oceans, between Alpha, Beta, Ishtar and Aphrodite. Guinevere blends in the north with the Sedna Sea, and connects through the Lavinia Sea and Tinatin Sea to the southern oceans.
Mt Gula: 23 N, 0 E
- a volcano 3 km high; the highest peak on Eistla Island. It divides the heavily wooded north from the high prairies of central Eistla. Lava flows from the peak create Cape Dröma and Cape Annia, though Cape Idem-Kuva to the north is not a lava flow. Guor Chasma begins on the mountain's southeast flank. Mt Gula has a slightly lower western twin, Mt. Sif.
Gulaim Islands: 5 S, 325 E
- The six Gulaims are a southerly group of the Navka Islands,
east of Phoebe and north of Dione, in the Guinevere Sea. The Gulaims are fairly dry for Venus; their east coasts are prairies and the woods on the west and north shore are open and sunny. Temperatures are mild. The higher islands sustain cloud forest around their central peaks, while their eastern faces have microdeserts with red canyons like Waimea Gorge on Kauai. The next islands south in the Navka chain are Katieleo, as big as Crete, and the largest of all, Vasilisa. Due north are the Yanbike Is.
Gulchatay Bay: 20 N, 296 E
- A dramatic cliffed sound in southeast Beta, Gulchatay Bay cuts a wedge 200 km deep into the Hyndla plateau and Cape Domnika. Its abrupness suggests a catastrophic upthrust or subsidence followed by lava floods. The cliffs continue south around Domnika and culminate in bizarre Cape Cape Centlivre, though Grizodubova Island just offshore is gentler--another formation.
Lake Gulnara: 22 S, 172 E
- A lake 600 km long and 120 wide, in southern Dali Chasma, in south-central Aphrodite. The chasma curves on west toward Lake Bona. Over the chasma's ridges to the east is Henwen Steppe and Poranica Bay.
GUNDA SEA: 16 S, 265 E
- The Gunda Sea is a mini-Mediterranean, a small, nearly landlocked sea between Phoebe to the north and east, and Parga to the southwest. Cape Rabie, 1200 km long, divides Gunda from the Hecate Sea to the north; Gunda's southeast shore is the Udaltsova Isthmus linking Phoebe and Parga. The west shore of Gunda is dotted with volcanoes, though not as tall as Indonesia's; the Phoebe shore is gentler, with wide marshes and grassy plains, though at the very tip of Cape Rabie stands rainy Mt. Uretsete, a fair-sized volcano. The small Kasagonaga Islands run down the middle of Gunda.
Cape Guor, Lake Guor: 16 N, 6 E
- the eastern tip of Eistla, due south of Ishtar. Guor is a chasma winding from Mt. Gula southeast and into the sea. Lake Guor, about 200 km long but only 10-20 wide, lies in the chasma's central rift. Sheltered by the twin ridges of the chasma, the upper rift is grassland, drier than the surrounding country (mixed, open woods), though the lower end is mostly lakes and marsh. The chasma runs southeast into the sea, forming Devoguilla Bay. The Devoguilla Islands (largest: 80 km long) form a flyway running east to Sappho; they're probably a continuation of the Guor structure.
Mt Gwen: 22 S, 240 E
- Low, volcanic Mt. Gwen is a green ecological island above the savanna of northern Chondi. It's lower and smaller than the Aeracura Mts to the north, the source of rivers feeding Lake Darlene. To the west are the low Marie Hills, savanna and sparse pines. South of Mt Gwen is Zaramama Bay; east is tall Atete Corona.
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