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KABEL SEA: 50 N, 260 E
a shallow, hot, rainy sea north of Asteria and Beta, full of islands: Mawu, lonely Sekhmet, the rainforested Virilis Islands, huge Atira, Cuba-like Akuanda, and the many Mnemosyne Islands.
Kadarzewska Basin: 22 S, 140 E
A triangular basin between the ridges of Artemis Chasma, Diana Chasma and the rim of the Onissya Basin, in central Aphrodite. Kadarzewska Triangle's about 400 km wide; in its sunken heart, Lake Kadarzewska is 100 km long. Much of the rim is high enough to catch just enough rain for open pine forest, but the basin around the lake is sagebrush desert.
Kala: 4 N, 313 E
Kala, only 75 km across, is one of the smaller Central Navka Islands, off Phoebe. It's right on the equator, under the rings, so its climate is mild. The cool equatorial air creates a dry, high-pressure zone, so Kala's grassy--only the hills and riverbanks are wooded. Just to the south is the much larger Var. To the east are the Nang-byon Islands; to the north is Potter (named for Beatrix, not Harry, and inhabited mostly by giant rabbits), then huge Atanua.
Kali Island: 9 N, 33 E
One of the Eistla Islands, between Sappho and Pavlova. Kali resembles Taiwan in size, shape and climate--though its high central peak is a shield volcano (indeed, its broad shield is essentially the whole island). Kali looks rather Hawaiian, with a wet west side and small deserts on the east in the peak's rainshadow.
Kallistos Bay: 48 S, 20 E
A bay on the southwest coast of Astkhik, in the southern Alpha Islands. Kallistos Bay has two arms, north and south, each 150 km wide. Unlike the spectacular Vaidelute Cliffs on the east coast, the Kallistos shore is irregular, low, and swampy, with mangroves rooting well offshore in the brackish bay. The climate's hot and very rainy.
Kalombo: 32 S, 35 E
Kalombo Gulf is a big blue butterfly between Pachamama and Umay-Ene in the eastern Alpha Islands. The north and east wing, separated by Cape Kalombo, are turquoise coral bays, each about 300 km wide; the narrow capes sheltering them are pleasant, wooded subtropical ridges, not as hot as Pachamama to the south in the torrid zone.
Lake Kaltash: 0 N, 75 E
A lake 300 km long in an arid cliff-walled valley on the northwest coast of Aphrodite. Along with much larger Adivar Bay to the north, and Tawera Bay to the south, it separates the Ovda Highlands from the western subcontinent, Manatum. While Tawera Bay is grassy and pleasant, with wooded streams dropping from the Manatum Tessera to the west, as the Tawera River winds inland, the land turns dry, then climbs into a piny highland which suddenly ends in red cliffs above Lake Kaltash. Streams from the surrounding uplands feed the lake, but its basin is desert. North of the lake, the land turns golden, then green, as you near the fertile Huraru coast.
Kamadhenu Islands: 18 N, 136 E
An east-west field of tessera that form rough islands in a chain 500 km long, in the Niobe Ocean off central Aphrodite. All the islands are wildly irregular, pocked by bays and haloed by islets and sea stacks. The largest is 200 km long. Unlike some of the neighboring Kubeba Islands, they're far enough from the Hasstse-baad Desert on the mainland to get adequate rain, so the Kamadhenus are mostly open woods, though much broken by cliffs and canyons. Rivers are short and tend to be mere chains of ponds, but at least there's water.
Cape Kamari: 58 N, 60 E
1) a small cape, twin capes actually, each only 120 km long, dividing tropical southeast Ishtar from the cooler northeast. The capes continue undersea, resurfacing as the Dekla Islands. They curve 1500 km to Tellus. The capes and islands are all as rugged as they are green, being tessera--masses of rock fins and fingers boiling out of the sea, with forests clinging to their sides, like an old Chinese painting.
Cape Kamui: 67 S, 315 E
a half-flooded corona at the western tip of Lada. Kamui is a bulbous central peninsula in a bay between two slender, flanking, arcuate capes--the outer ramparts of the corona. It's like the yolk and shell of a cracked-open egg. Cool, foggy in places, but rarely rainy in the day, Kamui resembles San Francisco, with small redwoods along the coastal cliffs and oaks further inland. To the west, the Jane and Kristina Islands lead to the Terra of Neringa, and to the north, the Gerds lead to Themis.
Cape Kapenopfu: 20 S, 271 E
A hilly corona on the south coast of the Gunda Sea, forming a cape 150 km wide and long. Inland from the cape, nearly making it an island, shallow Lake Kapenopfu spreads 200 km, lapping at the feet of the Wilde Hills in the west and Udaltsova Crater in the east.
Karo Island: 21 N, 37 E
Karo is a small, near-perfect "ring island" off Cape Didilia in northwest Pavlova (in the Eistla Archipelago). Karo is an impact crater about 50 km wide that happened to be just at sea level, so the crater wall forms an island around a perfectly circular lagoon. Just to the north are the Vako-nana Islands, on the way to Kruchina.
Kasagonaga Islands: 15 S, 270 E
A chain of low islands in the Gunda Sea, a small, nearly landlocked sea between Phoebe to the north and east, and Parga to the southwest. This north-south chain, running down the middle of Gunda, is an old lava flow, the Kasagonaga Fluctus. The largest island is 100 km long. All are warm but rather windy, and mostly grass, with trees only in sheltered spots.
Kastusha: 24 S, 62 E
Largest of the Xiwang Mu Islands in the Tahmina Sea, Kastusha is a chunk of ridgy tessera 300 km long, rising abruptly in cliffs from the sea. No high peaks, but Kastusha's rugged--endless parallel ridges with branching fingerlakes and steep ravines. Kastusha is subtropical, with savanna on ridgetops and plateaus ending in raw escarpments that drop into wooded, shady canyons. To the east lies equally rugged, cliff-walled Dylacha, and to the south, the rest of the Xiwang chain, growing steadily steamier until their climax in the Megazoic jungles of Tushita. To the west are the Ma Islands leading to huge Umay-Ene and the rest of Alpha.
Katieleo Islands: 12 S, 330 E
The Katieleo group is in the southern Navka Islands, just west of Vasilisa in the Guinevere Sea. The main island is nearly as large as Crete, on Earth, and the east coast resembles it--hilly and semi-arid. But western Katieleo's greener--open woods. The climate's mild--always snow-free, even on the hilltops. South of the main island is a cluster, the appropriately named Benders, curling round a blue hole that looks spiral--on its east side, an arcuate trench cuts through the isles, curving like the arm of a spiral galaxy. (I could be wrong. It may be a bull's eye, not a spiral--a central peak with a double ring of islets... while the Big Island hovers above like a mama hen). The Katieleo group begins the flyway from Vasilisa northwest to the other Navkas--next are the Gulaim Islands.
Katl-Imi: 68, 126 E
An island east of Lada, part of the Flutra Chain. Katl-Imi is around 80 km across, and is the east end of the chain. Northwest lies Latmikaik; due west, Deobako and the Ruads; southwest, volcanic Angrboda. The climate's Mediterranean--grassy shores give way to wooded heights.
Katrya Lakes: 28 S, 108 E
Twin narrow lakes, each about 300 km long, in Juno Chasma, on Aphrodite's southwest coast. South Katrya is a slender arcuate lake in a spur of the main chasma. North Katrya is the middle of three major lakes in this long rift valley--Lake Hanka, the largest, drains into North Katrya, which in turn feeds Lake Judith to the west. Over the chasma wall from South Katrya is a fertile coast: Cape Anki, Lake Ney and Sudice Bay. Past North Katrya's final ridge is much drier Viriplaca Steppe. The ranges flanking the lakes are steep folds covered by subtropical forest, but the rift floor is mostly open savanna.
Khadako: 52 N, 138 E
an island 350 km long, on the edge of the Atalanta Sea, southeast of Tethus. The second largest in the Ananke Islands, Khadako has a warm wet climate like Okinawa or Taiwan. The terrain is odd: two sets of rolling ridges intersect, creating tessera--not a grid of mesas, as on other parts of Venus, but a diagonal diamond-pattern of hills linked by ridges, like waves in a harbor, with small lakes in between, each ringed by a marsh. From the air the island looks like a green waffle with drops of blue syrup in the holes. Khadako has a huge wound on its southeast flank: Cochran Crater.
Cape Khadre: 15 S, 335 E
an L-shaped cape 250 km long and 50-100 wide, the southern tip of Vasilisa, largest of the Navka Is. Cape Khadre shelters a large shallow bay filled with small islands, extending west to the Katieleo group. Cape and islands have open woods on the west side, prairie and scrub on the east. The climate's mild.
Khatun Mts, Khatun Lakes: 35-40 N, 85-90 E
Dominating eastern Tellus, the Khatun Range looks like the Appalachians, with long northeast-southwest ridges and valleys. But since rainfall is ten times as great, and the valleys are old lava pits flat as a dance floor, long shallow lakes fill the valleys, dotted with giant mangroves. The region's rainforest is six times as dense and nearly twice as tall as the Amazon; its only rivals are Themis and Imdr in the southern hemisphere. The lake-field is nearly 1000 km long. To the south is Bernhardt Bay with its hundreds of islands and fjords; to the west are the cliff-edged capes around Apgar Patera; to the northeast, Medeina Island.
Khosedem Fossae: 13 S, 297 E
A range of long ridges and canyons in southeast Phoebe. Khosedem looks like Appalachia or the Blue Mts in Australia. The long cliff-walled canyons intersect now and then, but don't wind or branch like erosional canyons--more like an old cutting-board scarred by a chef's cleaver. Khosedem is open forest, denser down in the canyons. Creeks and finger lakes in the canyon-bottoms.
Ki Bay, Ki Islands: 44 N, 226 E
Ki Bay, a sunken-in corona 250 km across, cuts into Ulfrun's east coast. Along with Bellona Bay and Lake Bellona, it nearly makes an island of the Iris Peninsula to the north. The bay mouth has what appears to be a curved breakwater or sea-wall, a cliffwalled ridge several hundred meters high--the rim of the corona. The shores of Ki Bay are Megazoic rainforest, with sequoia-sized trees. Offshore are the Ki Islands: Cotis, Mentha and Furki to the east are volcanic, but the largest and northernmost, Nuliayoq, is part of the ridge system creating Ulfrun.
Lake Kicheda: 6 S, 215 E
Kicheda Chasma cuts across east Aphrodite near the equator. Its ridges nearly bridge Ozza Sound; east of that, in the desert plains of south Ulfrun, the dry, grassy rift holds a lake as long and narrow and deep as Tanganyika on Earth. The ridges above the lake support long narrow strips of open woods, and send small tree-lined creeks down to the lake. Otherwise the region is treeless.
Kimtonga Bay: 22 S, 46 E
An irregular sound 400 km long and 150 wide on the wooded, tropical northeast coast of Umay-Ene, largest of the Alpha Islands. Relief is low here so I'm uncertain of the exact shoreline--but it's convoluted.
Cape Kingsley: 18 S, 303 E
Cape Kingsley is a narrow, twisting near-island 180 km long, like a bud growing off the southern tip of Iweridd Peninsula off southeast Phoebe. Though surrounded by Dzerassa Bay, it's surprisingly dry, for the rainshadow of the Devana Mts persists even across the bay. Still, above the coastal cliffs are grasslands and almost Mediterranean scrub, with open woods in the central hills. Kingsley is important as a flyway, linking Phoebe and Themis to the south.
Cape Klafsky: 25 S, 186 E
Cape Klafsky, 700 km long and 400 wide, helps shelter Poranica Bay on the south shore of Aphrodite near Dali Chasma. Between Cape Klafsky and Cape Flidais to the west, a narrow strait leads to the trilobed inner bay. At the base of the cape is the perfect blue eye of Lake Klafsky, the flooded crater for which the cape is named. To the north is inner Poranica Bay and then Henwen Plain. To the south and west is outer Poranica and its island arc. To the east across Aditi Bay is Cape Peña.
Lake Kokomeis: 4 S, 85 E
Kokomeis Chasma is a zigzagging east-west rift that cuts into western Ovda in west Aphrodite. Lake Cocomeis in its depths, between high mountains, is narrow but over 700 km long. The Kokomeis River flows west, joining the shallow Tawera River, and turning south to reach the Tahmina Sea. The peaks around the lake are fairly high and often experience frost, perhaps even occasional snow. Many of the canyon slopes are semi-arid, with steep bare rock.
Kokyanwuti: 36 N, 209 E
An island in the Vinmara Sea (northeast Aphrodite), off Cape Sakwap. Kokyanwuti's essentially one massive mountain 200 km across, clad in rainforest on the west, open woods on the east. Its nearest neighbor is smaller Sakwap Island, 160 km due south.
Cape Kolias: 17 S, 208 E
Kolias is a blunt, hilly peninsula in southeast Aphrodite, west of Cape Rzhanitsa and Veleda Sound. Grassy and semi-arid, with sparse nocturnal rains, the Kolias region is friendlier than the wide Jokwa Desert inland--but that's not saying much. To the west, the Jokwa coast is a long sound full of rocky islands, sheltered by huge Loretta Island.
Kottravey Chasma: 32 N, 76 E
A chasm in southwest Tellus. Most of Tellus is smothered in Megazoic rainforest, but Kottravey is on the dry side, and its central rift has relatively open forest. The bottom has a series of narrow lakes and marshes--about the only treeless land in Tellus.
Kozhla Valley, Kozhla-Ava Chasma: 57 N, 45
The cliff-lined valley of the Kozhla River, in east Ishtar, holds wide Lake Kozhla (100 km wide and long), then the narrower Lake Ava. The river runs 1000 km east to the coast south of Cape Kamari. The region resembles Oregon, with pine woods and river-bottom meadows. Days are generally sunny, with mild rainy nights. The land ridgy with tessera. Other great chasmas cut through the hills: Mots, Baba Yaga, and the largest, Mezas-Mate.
Kristina Islands: 65 S, 300 E
The Kristina Islands link Neringa to Lada. The Kristinas are narrow, cliff-lined islands up to 120 km long. Their climate is Mediterranean--cool for Venus. The foggy coastal valleys support redwoods, and the mid-sea ridges force deep water up, so the Melina Sea teems with life--rich kelp forests line the shores. 400 km north of the Kristinas are a second, larger parallel chain, the Jane Islands.
KRUCHINA: 35 N, 30 E
An island bigger than France, south of Ishtar and west of Bell, in the Bereghinya Sea. Kruchina looks like a marching plucked chicken--with genuine goosebumps, too. The bumps are tessera (here, huge pyramids and fins oriented northwest-southeast), covered in Amazonian rainforest. The tessera field sags in the east, creating Kruchina Bay, over 300 km long and half as wide. The Ilmatar Hills south of the bay and Cavell Corona in the northwest are Kruchina's highest points. A third is offshore: tall Becuma Island in the southwest. Then there's the wonderfully unpronounceable Xquiq (OK, OK: it's "Shkeeeek!"), a green ridge 400 km long off the northwest shore--much like New Caledonia, on Earth. From Xquiq and Cape Sand in the north, fliers can reach Ishtar, the northern continent; from Cape Madron, Kruchina's southern tip, Eistla and Aphrodite can be easily reached via the Vaca-nana Islands.
Kshumay Mts: 55 S, 53 E
A range in East Lada, near the west coast, between the Loo-Wit Mts to the south and the Kulduroks and Cape Asiaq to the north. East of the Kshumays are the Xaratanga Lakes, a cluster of long narrow chasma-lakes running east 700 km or more. The Kshumays are much cooler than the hot, humid lowlands around them, but the rainforest is equally dense.
Kubeba Islands: 11-19 N, 132 E
A north-south island chain 800 km long in the Niobe Ocean off central Aphrodite. The largest islands are Kubeba itself, a narrow Y shape 210 km long, and chunky Phyllis, 100 km wide, the southernmost Kubeba. Unfortunately, this means it's near the Hasstse-baad Desert on the mainland, so Phyllis is quite dry. The slender northern Kubebas are greener, with at least a few permanent streams. Just east of this northern group is an east-west group of rough, chunky islands, the Kamadhenus.
Kuldurok Mts, Cape Kuldurok: 50 S, 60 E
A range 500 km long on the north coast of East Lada, running from the Kshumay Mts northeast into the sea, forming a cape 300 km long. On the east the mountains end abruptly, in Kuldurok Scarp, dropping to the wide, low Marzyana Plain. The cape, like all northern Lada, is hot, rainy, and densely forested--even the scarp. Cutting into the south end of the Kulduroks is the first of the Xaratanga Lakes, a cluster of long narrow chasma-lakes running east 700 km or more. Off the cape at the northeast end are islands leading to Zimcerla.
Kunhild Island: 18 N, 78 E
A ring-island 300 km across, just north of west Aphrodite (above the Jaws). To its east is a twin, Ereshkigal. Both isles are rainforested but not Amazonian, being on the very edge of the torrid zone. Just to the northwest is Parra.
Kurukulla: 47 N, 105 E
Three mountains rising from the Niobe Ocean 1000 km east of Tellus. The Kurukullas are clad in dense rainforest, like the mainland. They're reachable via coastal Medeina and the equally small Erkeleys. Due south are the much larger Kutues. 500 km further east begin the far-flung Akkruvas, the bridge to Ananke.
Kutue Islands: 34-44 N, 107 E
The Kutues are two large islands with many satellites, east of Tellus and west of Ananke, in the Niobe Sea. North Kutue is a many-lobed monster some 700 km long; South Kutue is a C shape 270 km across. The climate's hot. Rainforest covers the land, clinging to every ledge on the coastal cliffs. Narrow coral reefs drop quickly into relatively deep sea. Low but rugged corrugations called tessera rise inland. To the east is the far-flung Akkruva Archipelago. Southeast, the Una Is. lead to the huge Gegute Archipelago. To the southwest are the equally large Shimti Is.
Kvasha Patera: 9 S, 69 E
A flooded volcanic vent 50 km wide, on the shores of Tawera Bay, between Manatum and Ovda in west Aphrodite. Kvasha is probably younger than the tessera (grid of mesas) that dominate the region, since its lava flows overlay them. The volcano's in a range of hills dividing Ix Chel Chasma from Tawera Bay. To the north, in the chasma, is Lake Tawera, around 180 km long, fed by rivers draining much of the Ovda highlands.
Kwanja Chasma: 10 S, 100 E
This rift complex cuts deep into southern Ovda, in west Aphrodite. The slopes are dry, often bare red rock. Cut off from sea winds by high ridges in nearly all directions, the climate is harsh and continental, with hot days and chilly nights. However, the lowest part of the chasm holds Lake Kwanja, 100 km wide in places, and 600 long. The marshy lake shores are fertile, and a few small wooded streams descend from the Zulma Mountains, but the valley slopes are desert, one of the hottest and driest on Venus.
Kwannon Island: 25 S, 297 E
Part of the Pinga Chasma complex, Mt. Kwannon is a volcano rising from the Dzerassa Sea just south of Phoebe. The water's shallow and the lava flows from Kwannon have built up a low island at least 100 km wide. The soil's fertile and the weather mild. The mountain's slopes are thickly forested; elsewhere Kwannon is a patchwork of grassy ridges, wooded valleys, and small ponds--depending on what shapes the lava froze in. Kwannon has a twin to the south, Justitia, off Themis.
Kylli Island: 40 N, 68 E
A low V-shaped island 120 km long, off the western shore of Tellus. Like the mainland, Kylli's smothered in Megazoic rainforest, with "mangroves" wading well out into the shallow sea. Most of Tellus is tessera, convolutions like a huge brain--but Kylli's relief is relatively gentle. To the south and west is Cape Welcome; to the east, broad Cape Tahia.

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