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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.
Jalgurik Sound: 40 S, 120 E
- Jalgurik Sound is a wide bay southwest of Artemis in Aphrodite. Jalgurik is wide but ill-defined--a broad bay with a couple of low, nameless islands along its outer edge. To the northwest is Cape Sudice; to the southeast it narrows into Laverna Bay, sheltered by long slender Cape Laverna. The coast and islands are unbroken rainforest, though not as torrid as Laverna to the south.
Lake Jana and Jana Chasma: 12 S, 120 E
- Jana Chasma is a deep rift in the Thetis highlands, in north-central Aphrodite. It cuts off Turan Plateau from the high ranges of Thetis proper. To the south beyond Turan is a parallel chasma, Virava, holding the largest lake on Venus. The two chasmas are dry, rugged canyons with deep lakes at the bottoms, fed by snowmelt from the highlands. Lake Jana is a good 600 km long, At Jana's east end, the two canyons nearly meet, being separated only by Winnemucca Neck, a ridge pocked by a huge lake-filled crater. West of Jana is the Ralk Desert; to the northwest is Bonnan Steppe.
Jane Islands: 60 S, 300 E
- The Janes are a tangle of islands and sea-stacks northeast of Neringa, linking it to Cape Kamui on West Lada. None are over 150 km long, but at least a dozen are over 50. The Janes have a Mediterranean climate--mild, with light rains, never freezing. A patchwork of conifers, oaks, vineyards and meadows cover the Janes' rolling slopes. To the north, they narrow into the long Gerd chain, leading to the continent of Themis.
Jasmin Island: 15 N, 58 E
- Jasmin is a triangular island 100 km across, on the north rim of Mead Crater; the other rim-islands are mere slivers a few km wide. Mead is an impact crater some 250 km wide, about the largest on Venus, but it's flooded; the floor is over a kilometer deep--a blue hole in a shallow sea. The rim rarely reaches the surface--the heat of Old Venus made crater walls sag over time. To the southeast are the Hestia Mts in Aphrodite, and to the northwest is green Cape Ninmah.
Javine Islands: 5 S, 250 E
- A large island with satellites, in the middle of the Hecate Sea. Javine itself, 450 km across, is a fusion of two coronas; the western is a mere ring-wall 200 km wide, around a lagoon; the eastern is a grassy plateau with wooded mountains in the center, like a round step-pyramid. To the east are Tenisheva and Alcyone; to the southeast, Viardot and the Grechukha Islands, a cluster of volcanic cones. Four large western islands lack official names--at least I couldn't find them.
THE JAWS: 0 N, 65 E
- 1) Slang name for Manatum, the west end of Aphrodite. It's an equatorial subcontinent the size of India, with a lush, mild climate. Much of the land is tesserated (regular grids of mesas, ridges and canyons).
- 2) the twin ranges bordering the Jaws, north and south; the higher northern jaw is the Hestia Range, the southern is the Manatum Range.
JOKWA DESERT: 10 S, 200 E
- The Jokwa Desert covers much of southeast Aphrodite. It's a dry red dusty shortgrass plain 1500 km wide, stretching from the Vibert-Douglas Range in the west to Ozza Sound in the east. Down the center of the desert run the Ningyo Pans, old lava flows, now intermittent marshes and salt pans. Around Jokwa Desert is a much wider zone of grassy veldt. In the south, the desert fades into veldt near the coast of Jokwa Sound, dotted with dozens of long rock-ridge islands. Sheltering the sound is long Loretta Island. The dry-grass coast is broken in a few spots: Foquet Marsh, Aethlflaed Bay and Cape Kolias.
Joliot Sound: 4 S, 65 E
- 200 km long and 50 wide, Joliot Sound is the southwestern arm of the Curie Gulf, in far western Aphrodite. Joliot gnaws into the tesserated highlands of central Manatum. The shores are warm and wooded but broken by the cliffs of the many tessera, which here form redrock mesas capped in thick forest--a weird mix of Arizona and Guizhou. At its head is a region bare of tesserae, caused by a large impact crater, Joliot-Curie, which now holds a large lake.
Lake Joshee: 4 N, 290 E
- A lake in north Phoebe, caused by Devana Chasma, which cuts through Phoebe north to south. For most of its length in Phoebe, Devana is more ridge than rift, but just before Devana dives undersea to re-emerge in Beta, it scoops out Lake Joshee, narrow but over 320 km long. The peaks around the lake are quite high and often experience frost, perhaps even occasional snow. Many of the canyon slopes are semi-arid, with steep bare rock and even cliffs. It's a dramatic place, reminiscent of Dali Chasma.
Lake Judith: 29 S, 104 E
- A narrow lake 300 km long in Juno Chasma, on Aphrodite's southwest coast. Lake Judith is the lowest of three major lakes in this long rift valley--Lake Hanka, the largest, drains into Katrya, which in turn feeds Judith. Over the chasma wall is the fertile south coast: Cape Anki, Ney Bay, Cape Gefjun. To the north, the Morongo River drains vast Viriplaca Steppe. The ranges flanking the lake are low but steep folds covered by subtropical forest. The rift floor is mixed savanna, with marsh and some woods along the lakeshore.
Cape Juksakka: 20 S, 45 E
- The northern tip of Umay-Ene, largest landmass in the Alpha region. The climate's warm but not hot--open woods and meadows. Cape Juksakka's a ragged mass with several heads. It's the landfall for fliers from Aphrodite and Eistla. It's partly cut off from the mainland by Medhavi Bay and Kimtonga Bay to the south.
Junkgowa Peninsula: 35 N, 262 E
- A cape 500 km long, at the NW corner of the double continent of Beta-Asteria. Junkgowa is hot and rainy, with dense tropical forests on its steep ridges. Off its end is a group of low, jungly islands, collectively the size of Florida. The Junkgowa Islands? They're officially nameless, and I hate to extend such an ugly name to them--but they have no other.
CAPE JUNO: 20 S, 90
- west of Artemis, on Aphrodite's south coast, is a great triangular peninsula, a subcontinent really, created by Juno Chasma and its ridges. Juno's south coast has many capes and sounds hundreds of km long, like spectacular Cape Sudice. The north is a plain punctuated by the Husbishag Hills and the Gauri Mts.. Gail Bay helps divide Cape Juno from the Ovda Highlands to the north. Inland of Boszorkany Ridge and its rainshadow, sprawls the huge, dry, grassy Viriplaca Basin, holding Lake Morongo. The tip of Cape Juno is double, with a deep narrow sound between them: a classic flooded chasma. Up the chasma is a string of great lakes: Judith, Katrya, and Hanka. Offshore is Juno Island.
Juno Island: 35 S, 85 E
- A land like Sri Lanka in size and climate, off Cape Juno on the southeast coast of Aphrodite. Its central hills stand out, but the coastal plains are so level the shoreline's hard to determine. Whatever its exact shape, the island will be pleasant--warm and rainy but not torrential. Juno Island is the shortest flyway from Aphrodite to the great southern archipelago of Lada, though island-hopping over the Tahmina Sea is not easy--the flight to Copia, the first islet of Lada, is 800 km nonstop.
JURNAISAT MTS: 15 S, 135 E
- The Jurnaisats are a wedge of rugged mountains southeast of Thetis proper, cut off by Virava Chasm to the north. Jurnaisat's a thousand-km triangle of pine forests and alpine meadows; to the east, it drops abruptly into the Veden-Emma Desert. To the south are the great lakes of the Artemis region--Mariko, Quilla, Britomartis, Veronica, and Maltby. Jurnaisat is not the highland's official name--it has none, so I borrowed the name of a crater within it.
Justitia Island: 28 S, 297 E
- The south end of the Pinga Chasma complex, Mt. Justitia is a volcano rising from the Dzerassa Sea between Phoebe and Themis. The water's shallow, so Justitia's lava flows have built up a fan-shaped island 200 km across to the south. The soil's fertile and the weather mild. The mountain's slopes are thickly forested; elsewhere Justitia is a patchwork of low grassy ridges, wooded valleys, and small ponds--depending on what shape the lava froze in. Justitia has a twin to the north off Themis, Kwannon. Justice and Mercy, throwing lava at one another.
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