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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.
Ubastet: 50 S, 30 E
- A mountainous island 300 km long, in northern Lada, east of Ammavaru. It's named for Ubastet Fluctus, a spectacular lava flow twisting around the ridge--west, north, then east--for some 1200 km, though it's now hidden under the sea. It came from Mt. Ammavaru, which still may be active. Ubastet, like Ammavaru, is Amazonian rainforest on the western slope, opener, drier forest on the east, and fernbrakes and cloud forests on its misty heights.
Udaltsova Isthmus: 22 S, 271 E
- A neck of land 1000 km long and 250 wide, linking Phoebe and Parga. East of the neck, Mielikki Sound, 1000 km long, opens on the Dzerassa Sea; to the west is the small Gunda Sea, opening on the Hecate Sea. The Udaltsova strip is a mixture of woods and prairies, with moderate rainfall and mild temperatures. It's named after an impact crater on the Gunda coast that now forms a cape with a central lake--nearly a ring-island.
Ukemochi Mts.: 40 S, 297 E
- Ukemochi Corona is a rugged oval plateau 350 km long in eastern Themis, just west of Mt. Tefnut. Ukemochi is surrounded by long, narrow, deep chasmas filled by the High Lakes, giving it the look of a castle protected by moats. And it is a climatic sanctuary: the lowlands around Ukemochi are hot, humid Megazoic jungle with trees taller than sequoias, dominated by birds and arboreals, with a boggy, buttressed, light-starved forest floor; the highlands have opener woods with a green understory suitable for larger ground-based species.
ULFRUN: 0-45, 220
- a subcontinent, the northeast end of Aphrodite--the scorpion's tail. Ulfrun's as long as South America, though rarely over 1000 km wide. Zewana Sound divides it from Atla to the west--if the sea rose a few meters, Ulfrun would detach from Aphrodite completely. Indeed, the isthmus is already as narrow and barren as the Sinai, so if Africa and Asia are separate continents, perhaps Ulfrun is already. The land is generally low, with north-south ridges and a few volcanic cones. North Ulfrun is very green--indeed jungle at its tip--but the southwest is scrubland and desert plains, perhaps the least scenic part of Venus.
Ulgen Hills: 12 S, 224 E
- Low hills at the base of Cape Taussig off southeast Aphrodite. Taussig's the very first of the long chain of isles and peninsulas along Parga Chasma, stretching 6000 km east. Prevailing winds are from the inland deserts, so the Ulgen range is mostly dry savanna, with some open forest in the highlands (not very high, but catching a little more rain). Ulgen is the hub of a tangle of land and sea: to the north is Cape Ledoux; south is long Cape Chondi on the Terra of Chondi; east is Mt. Taussig and its cape, and west is Cape Veleda and the Jokwa Desert coast on Aphrodite.
Ul'yana Gulf: 23 N, 255 E
- Part of the tangle of east-west capes and gulfs north of Hecate Chasma, just west of Asteria. Ul'yana Gulf, named for a small crater now drowned under it, is 900 km wide--a warm subtropical sea with coral reefs around its fertile shores--mostly open woods, though the higher mountains have dense conifer forests.
To the west is the Serova Archipelago (whose southeastern island is also named Ul'yana) and then Nuriet Gulf, a near-twin to Ul'yana Gulf; to the south, Cape Taranga, to the east, the rugged coast of Asteria, indented by Latona Chasma, and to the north, long Cape Sudenitsa.
Umaima Bay: 25 S, 193 E
- A bay over 600 km long and 200 wide in southeast Aphrodite, between Cape Peña to the west, and Payne and Cape Stanton to the east. To the north are the mountains of Dzyzlan Chasma. It's a coral bay, with mixed woods and savanna on the hills.
UMAY-ENE: 25 S, 40 E
- A near-continental island southwest of Aphrodite. Part of the Alpha Islands, it's bigger than Alpha itself, though lacking Alpha's dramatic, crazy maze of ridges and peaks. Umay-Ene (roughly pronounced "Ooh, my... any?") has a warm but not hot climate--in the north, wide fertile plains with open woods and meadows; in the south, low, thickly forested hills. Its coastline is jagged, a steady sequence of capes and bays a few hundred km deep and wide all the way round. It's like a ragged, vastly scaled-up version of that unique Cytheran landform, the "tick". One only hopes it's more stable! The northern tip is Cape Juksakka; on the north shore are Medhavi Bay, Cape Michelle and Michelle Bay, Cape Minn-Anni and its islands. In the west, Scarpellini Bay and long Mama-Allpa. Southwest, huge Pachamama Island lies just across the Gulf of Kalombo. In the south, long Inanna Island lies across many-armed Artio Sound,. In the southeast are Cape Pasom-Mana and Pasom-mana Island, Zemlika Hole, and Umay-Ene Bay. The east coast is relatively straight, being broken only by Kimtonga Bay, but offshore are huge satellite islands like the Ma chain and the Xiwang Mu Islands.
Una Islands: 35 N, 115 E
- An island chain 900 km long, in the Niobe Ocean. The Unas run from MacDonald, largest of the Gegute Islands, northwest to the Akkruvas. They're the keystone of a flyway from Tellus and Ishtar to central Aphrodite. The Unas, much the size of Oahu or Maui, are steep but fertile, with rainforest on the west, open woods on the east. Clouds and ferns cling to the cliffs, small storms bring rainbows. Coral reefs ring the steep shores.
CAPE UNELANUHI: 6 N, 85 E
- A large peninsula off northwest Aphrodite, separated from the Ovda Highlands to the south by Adivar Bay and by Lake Habonde, half the size of the Caspian. Cape Unelanuhi and its attendant islands (Lemkechen, Kunhild, Ereshkigal and the Rileys) form a loose subcontinent the size of Indochina, ranging from jungles in the west to savanna in the far southeast.
Uotakh Sound: 14 N, 235 E
- A deep, narrow sound 600 km long, east of Ulfrun, Uotakh Sound lies south of the Perchta Peninsulaand north of huge Gashan-Ki Peninsula. In the west, the rift continues as Lake Pani, which drains into the sound; to the east beyond Pamela Head, is Uotakh's twin, Sulus Sound, 1000 km long. All these rifts are parts of Hecate Chasma. The Uotakh region has mild, warm weather (it's shaded by the equatorial rings), sustaining savanna and open woods in the lowlands, and pine forests in the heights. Uotakh and its eastern twin Sulus were named for a small valley near the Isthmus of Pamela: Uotakh-Sulus Valle, now part of the sound.
Mt. Uretsete: 10 S, 262 E
- A tall volcanic cone, often snowcapped, standing at the tip of Cape Rabie, the westernmost point of Phoebe. Across the mouth of the Gunda Sea to the west is Uretsete's twin sister, Mt Spandarmat.
URUTONGA ISLANDS: 1-11 N, 143-156 E
- A triangular archipelago 1200 km across, in the Niobe Ocean off central Aphrodite. The climate, shaded by the equatorial rings, is warm but not hot. Dry winds blow off the Hassttse-baad Desert on the mainland, so the long capes and islands around southern Budevska Sound like Ogulbek (450 km long, 150 wide) are just dune-grass and brush. But the northeastern isles around Ikhwezi Sound, further offshore, are rainier, with savanna and riverine woods: Yolanda, Ortensia, and Urutonga itself (500 long, 160 wide), the three isles furthest out, have over half the archipelago's biomass. Even the dry southern isles are bird-havens, and whales calve in Budevska's warm shallow waters, like Scammon's Lagoon on Terra. From Urutonga an islet-chain leads 600 km north to the lonely Oya Islands. To the east lie only tiny Fand and Asherat, and to the west, the barren Hwangcinis.
USHAS: 24 S, 322 E
- 1: A mountainous, chunky peninsula 800 km long and 600 wide, the northern tip of Dione, the small continent east of Themis. Ushas is fertile, warm, mostly open woods--not as muggy as the Hathor Peninsula in Dione's south. East of Ushas is the long Cipactli Peninsula and a chain of islands leading across the Lavinia Sea all the way to Alpha.
- 2: Mt. Ushas, the largest volcano on Ushas, dominating its north end--indeed, one of the larger volcanoes in the southern hemisphere. It generates its own miniclimates all round the mountain--cloud forests, hanging prairies, and pocket deserts. It's often snowcapped night and dawn, though it usually melts by noon.
Ut Islands: 55 N,-60, 300-330
- an island arc just south of Ishtar, paralleling the Danu Mts and the edge of Lakshmi Plateau, and echoing on a larger scale the Belisama arc to the east. Before terraforming, these arcs may not have been true tectonic plate-borders, but as Venus's tectonics adjust to oceans, they may become true island arcs--trenches, subduction, volcanoes and all. The forested islands have mild, rainy weather. They partly shelter a long shallow sound some 1200 km long.
Mt Uti Hiata: 16 N, 68 E
- Highest point on Lemkechen, though it's no Everest--a couple of kilometers high. The slopes are warm and wooded, rainforest on the south and west side, nearest the sea, much opener in the northeast. The heights are temperate pine woods. The peak rarely sees snow. To the south, visible from the peak on a clear day, is the full sweep of the rugged Riley Islands. To the northwest are the much smaller Marere Is.
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