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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 Idem-kuva: 27 N, 0 E
- This blunt peninsula 200 km across is the northern tip of Eistla. Offshore lie the Toci Islands. To the south, Idem-kuva's rainforested slopes rise steadily, fusing with Mt. Gula. To the west is Nissaba Bay.
Mt. Idunn: 47 S, 210 E
- a volcano on southeast Imdr; the highest peak on Imdr, indeed the highest for thousands of kilometers. Its slopes have some of the densest jungles and heaviest rainfall on Venus--which is saying a lot.
Ikhwezi Sound: 4-10 N, 150 E
- A sound 4-600 km wide, ringed by islands of the Urutonga Archipelago in the Niobe Sea off central Aphrodite. Ikhwezi is further offshore than Budevska Sound to the south, and less exposed to the dry winds off Hassttse-baad Desert. So the isles of Ikhwezi like Yolanda and huge Urutonga are rainier, with savanna and riverine woods. East of Ikhwezi Sound are Ortensia and Fand. To the west are the small, barren Hwangcinis.
Mt. Ilga: 10 S, 306 E
- A steep volcanic cone in southeast Phoebe. Mt Ilga has a northern twin, Mt. Muru. Both peaks are high enough to see night frost and even occasional snows. To the south, across wide, shallow Lake Emma, is a broad shield volcano, Mt. Vupar. To the east is Lake Ingrid, a classic chasma lake 50 km wide and 240 long, and then Cape Panina. To the west, across wide Emma Savanna, are Bascom Crater and the Perunitsa Fossae.
Ilithyia: 13 S, 316 E
- A volcanic island off southeast Phoebe, about 300 km east of Cape Panina. Ilithyia is essentially a single mountain knee-deep in the Navka Sea, around 40 km across, with dry grassy shores and wooded heights. The climate is mild and subtropical. Ilithyia seems to be the last gasp of a "hot line" between Mt. Muru to Mt Ilga to the small but deep chasma holding Lake Ingrid to Panina Caldera.
Ilmatar Hills: 35 N, 32 E
- A corona, the nearest thing to a center on Kruchina, a fractal landmass the size of France in the middle Bereghinya Sea, south of Ishtar and west of Bell. Ilmatar's coronal hills interrupt the low tessera-covered plains of east Kruchina. Not that it's too obvious--everything's covered in lush Megazoic rainforest taller than any of the mesas, ridges and hills.
IMDR: 45 S, 210 E
- an isolated land in the south, between the Helen and Aino Seas, Imdr is about the size of the eastern US, or Scandinavia. Most of Imdr is Megazoic rainforest, with trees taller than Terran sequoias. It has a near-twin in the northern hemisphere, Tellus; how they'll diverge over time, and to what extent they'll manifest parallel evolution, are intriguing long-term questions. Long-term as in millennia, unfortunately... The only breaks in the forest are the summit of Mt. Idunn in the far south, central Lake Sandel, and a couple of narrow lakes on the floor of Olapa Chasma in the northwest.
Inacho: 19 S, 212 E
- Inacho's a narrow island 170 km long off southeast Aphrodite, just south of the rocky Rzhanitsa Islands. Unlike the barren islets nearby or the mainland's dusty savanna, Inacho has perennial streams and open woods. 250 km due south is rugged Villepreux, even rainier; to the northeast is more typically dry Cape Kolias.
Inanna: 38 S, 36 E
- One of the Alpha Islands, just south of Pachamama, and very similar--Megazoic megaforest down to the beach. Inanna's a zigzag shape--three parallel ridges, each 4-600 km long and 50-100 wide, are linked by low land-bridges. The sounds between them are branches of Artio Sound, between Inanna and Umay-Ene. To the west, across narrow Albys Channel, are the Ninhursag Hills on Pachamama.
Inga Plain, Lake Inga: 38 N, 227 E
- A plain 800 km long and up to 300 wide, on the east coast of Ulfrun (east Aphrodite), below the Bellona Mts, a set of Appalachian ridges and valleys. The entire plain is Amazonian rainforest. Just to the west, over the watershed of the Bellona Mts, is triangular Lake Inga, 160 km long. It drains west to Sakwap Bay.
Lake Ingrid: 11 S, 308 E
- A deep rift lake 240 km long and 50 wide, in southeast Phoebe. Its canyon walls are steep, sometimes breaking into scarps. The Ingrid region is a geological hot zone: to the south, in the same rift complex, is round Lake Panina, in a cliffwalled caldera. To the north is Mt Aleksota, a sort of giant volcanic pancake; to the west, looming over Lake Emma, are lovely Mt Ilga, a flawless Fuji cone, and hulking Mt Vupar, a Hawaiian-style shield volcano.
Inken Islands, Inken Sea: 20-30 S, 220-228 E
- The Inkens are rugged, cliff-walled islets up to 100 km long, scattered over 800 km of the Wawalag Sea and Gulf of Felicia west of Thaukhud in southern Chondi. Inken itself, in the south, is solidly wooded, but the woods open and thin on the northern isles like Fedchenko and Samsing. Southeast of the Inkens is ragged, indented, but gentler Cape Sirani. The sound between Samsing, the Inkens, Sirani and Thaukhud, nearly half a million square km, is often called the Inken Sea.
Mt. Innini: 33 S, 333 E
- a great volcano on the east coast of Dione, rivaling its twin to the south, Mt. Hathor. The east-west strip on which the mountain stands, bridges the Hathor Peninsula to the south with the Cipactli and Ushas regions to the north; this chunk of land, not quite an isthmus, an island or a peninsula, is called Innini. The uplands are dense rain forest; the lowlands vary from open woods through grasslands to small deserts on the downwind slopes of the volcano. Offshore to the south is Dix, a ring-island formed by an impact crater; to the southeast are the Hippolyta Islands.
Iondra: 11 N, 285 E
- Hawaiian in climate, Iondra's a stepping-stone on the flyway between Beta and Phoebe. Iondra's 240 km long, part of west ridge of Devana Chasma. East across the trench is much smaller Zhivana Island.
IRIS PENINSULA: 42-57 N, 220 E
- A peninsula 1500 km long and up to 400 wide, forming the northern tip of Ulfrun (east Aphrodite). The peninsula is a zigzag of low ridges smothered in Megazoic rainforest between three and six times as dense as the Amazon. To the north are the Marake Islands; to the east, the Nuliayoq Islands; to the west, Bathkol, the size of Great Britain (and even rainier); to the south, beyond Ki Bay, Lake Bellona and Bellona Bay, Ulfrun's rainforest opens up and dries out to merely Amazonian woods...
Isabella Islands: 30 S, 204 E
- An archipelago ringing a deep impact crater in the sea between Imdr and Aphrodite, just south of Cape Stanton. All the islands are warm and wooded--they get much more rain than the mainland to the north. Isabella Island is 250 km long, with long low capes of splash material on the west, rising to arcuate cliffs on its inner east face. It's like a scaled-up version of Santorini, in Greece. Flanking the crater on the northeast is similar Epona, 150 km long, named for a drowned corona offshore. Two large, low, nameless islands, one 200 km across, lie further north near Stanton. South of the crater is Nott, about 80 km long--a ridge of the undersea chasma leading to Imdr. Did the impacts of Stanton and Isabella crack the crust and cause this chasma, or did they just happen to hit an existing rift?
Lake Isako: 8 S, 273 E
- A marshy lake with many islets, 250 E km wide, on the prairies of West Phoebe. Isako and its northern twin Lake De Witt both drain west into Nin Bay.
ISHKUS: 60 S, 245 E
- a heart-shaped island in the southern Helen Sea, the size (and climate) of California. Northwestern Ishkus is the Dou Mu tessera zone, with polygonal mesas of chaparral above canyons of oak and redwood. To the east are the low, piny Awenhai Mts., in the center is Lake Ishkus, a crescent 120 km long. In the south is Seiusi Corona, a blunt peninsula with a modest central lake, oak hills and meadows, and a few redwood groves in the coastal valleys. Ishkus's only neighbor is Puluga, 1000 km to the west. Otherwise it's deep sea all the way to the South Pole.
ISHTAR: 60 N, 0
- The great northern continent. The Maxwell Range and Lakshmi Plateau in Western Ishtar resemble Tibet, with the highest peaks on Venus and a truly Terran continental feel. Eastern Ishtar is much larger, though lower, and today it has some of the largest lakes and longest rivers on Venus. Northern Ishtar is generally Californian in climate, though cooler; central Ishtar is high and cool (most of the snowy ranges on Venus are here), and mostly rather dry--grassland, desert, alpine tundra, or open pine forest. South and East Ishtar are much lower, warmer, and wetter, climaxing in Megazoic rainforest on the southeastern shore.
Isong Corona: 10 N, 50 E
- Cape Isong is the southeastern corner of Pavlova, a long terra (mega-island, over a million sq. km.) in the Eistla Archipelago, near the Jaws of Aphrodite. A dry patchwork of woods and savanna covers the southern cape and the Isong Hills inland. North lies Cape Ninmah, another corona, northwest lies Pavlova Corona itself, and due east are the meadows of Cape Romola. Off the south coast is a wall of green barrier islands, the Faridas.
Itoki Bay: 3 S, 225 E
- A bay 700 km wide on the east coast of Aphrodite. The name properly applies only to the inner bay, sheltered by Cape Itoki. The outer part, between the cape and the barrier islands of Alma and Blid, is called Itoki Sound. The whole region was once a lava flow, and the inner bay and cape are still rather stark--near-desert, low and brown. But the sound and islands have some trees and intermittent streams. To the north is Cape Ayrton, to the south, Cape Lesavka.
Ivne Crater, Lake Ivne, Ivne Point: 26 S, 133 E
- Ivne Crater, 45 km wide, forms a cape on the north shore of huge Lake Britomartis, in Artemis Corona in south Aphrodite. Inside the peninsula is a round lake with glassy, barren walls. The splash apron of the crater and the surrounding lake shores are all fairly green, for though Lake Britomartis is cut off from sea winds by the Artemis ranges, it's so big it creates its own rain. East of Ivne for 200 km are coves at the head of the great lake, and then the snowy Yamile Mts on pine-dark Behn Plateau. Northeast is thousand-km Quilla. To the west is the Maltby Plateau--hilly oak savanna near the lake, then prairie and a marshy basin around huge Lake Maltby further east.
IWERIDD PENINSULA: 18 S, 305 E
- Iweridd Corona, a blister some 800 km wide, creates a huge blunt peninsula off southeast Phoebe. Though surrounded by sea, it's surprisingly dry, being partly in the rainshadow of Phoebe proper. The interior around Lake Emma is mostly savanna, and some inland valleys are true deserts, though small ones. But the Iweridd Mountains support pine forests and even modest alpine meadows with occasional snow. The south and west coasts are fairly green, with open woods, but the east is mostly veldt. In the north, a rift zone crosses Iweridd, creating Lake Ingrid and volcanoes like Muru, Ilga and Vupar and Panina.
Ix Chel Coast: 15 S, 75 to 95
- The south coastal plain of Ovda, in west Aphrodite, named for Ix Chel Chasma, a frayed, meandering rift that starts off on land, inland of Tawera Bay, and meanders southeast under the Tahmina Sea toward Cape Juno. Ix Chel is a fairly gentle, straight coast by Venus's fractal standards, broken only by Cape Florence and Florence Island. Prevailing winds blow east along the coast, and at times from the inland heights, keeping the region fairly dry--grassy rolling hills, mostly. But occasional storms do blow in off the Tahmina Sea, supporting patchy woods in the valleys, and tree-lined rivers from the mountain heights feed wetlands at their mouths. Ix Chel's climate and flora are a bit like the rural stretches of southern California coast, but windier.
Mt. Ixtab: 16 N, 242 E
- Ixtab (ish-tab) is the high point of the Ixtab Mts, a jagged range dropping abruptly into the sea to the south. The Ixtabs are the backbone of Wyrd Wyrd Peninsula, 1000 km long, on the north edge of the Hecate Sea east ofUlfrun. The drop-off is a startling sight from the lesser mountains of Gashan-Ki across the channel--reminiscent of New Zealand's Mt Cook. The peaks of this front range, from Ixtab to Wyrd, are high enough to bear night and morning snow, though the sea at their feet is subtropical. But then, climates all along Hecate Chasma are as complex as its shape: a new microclimate over every ridge.
Iyatik: 17 S, 347 E
- Iyatik is a low corona forming an island 120 km across in the Lavinia Sea northwest of Alpha. Iyatik is a link in the flyway from Alpha to the long Navka Archipelago; the next stop west is the huge pseudo-atoll of Bhumidevi; the next to the east is tiny Aitchison. Iyatik, like most of these islands, is a bit drier than Polynesia, but sustains forest on the hills and a mix of woods and savanna below, with palms along the beaches.
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