Cape (geography)

In geography, a cape is a headland or a promontory of large size extending into a body of water, usually the sea.[1] A cape usually represents a marked change in trend of the coastline which makes them prone to natural forms of erosion, mainly tidal actions. This results in capes having a relatively short geological lifespan. Capes can be formed by glaciers, volcanoes, and changes in sea level. Erosion plays a large role in each of these methods of formation.

Cape Cod - Landsat 7
Cape Cod and the islands off the Massachusetts coast, from space
Panorama Laghetti di Marinello e Tindari
Cape Tindari and Marinello lagoons, Sicily

List of some well-known capes

Country Cape Significance
Albania Cape of Gjuhëz, Karaburun Peninsula
Cape of Rodon
Argentina Cape Virgenes
Australia Cape Byron
Cape Leeuwin
Cape York
Brazil Cape São Roque
Ponta do Seixas (Cape Branco)
Bulgaria Cape Emine
Cape Kaliakra
Canada Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Chidley, Newfoundland and Labrador / Nunavut
Cape Columbia, Nunavut Northernmost point in Canada 83°6′41″N 69°57′30″W / 83.11139°N 69.95833°W
Cap Diamant, Quebec City
Cape Race, Newfoundland and Labrador
Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador Easternmost point in Canada 47°31′25″N 52°37′10″W / 47.52361°N 52.61944°W
Murchison Promontory, Nunavut Northern tip of mainland North America 72°00′00″N 94°38′59″W / 72.00000°N 94.64972°W
Chile Cape Froward
Cape Horn Northern boundary of the Drake Passage
Meetingplace of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Cyprus Cape Greco
Djibouti and Eritrea Ras Doumeira Northernmost point in Djibouti
Southern point in Eritrea
Eritrea and Sudan Ras Kasar Northernmost point in Eritrea
Easternmost point in Sudan
France Cap Gris Nez Closest point of France to England
Germany Cape Arkona
Ghana Cape Coast
Greece Cape Matapan (Cape Tainaron), on Peloponnesus) Southern tip of mainland Europe 36°23′06″N 22°28′58″E / 36.38500°N 22.48278°E
Greenland Cape Discord
Cape Farewell Southernmost point of Greenland 59°46′23″N 43°55′21″W / 59.77306°N 43.92250°W
Cape Morris Jesup Northernmost point of mainland Greenland 83°37′39″N 32°39′52″W / 83.62750°N 32.66444°W
India Cape Comorin Southernmost point of Mainland India, at the trijunction of Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and, Indian Ocean.
Cabo de Rama
Diu Head
False Divi Point
False Point
Headland Sada (Goa)
Indira Point Southernmost point of India, at the trijunction of Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and, the Strait of Malacca.
Palmyras Point
Point Calimere
Latvia Cape Kolka
Liberia Cape Mesurado Location of Monrovia
Cape Palmas Southernmost point in Liberia 4°22′34″N 7°43′01″W / 4.37611°N 7.71694°W
Grand Cape Mount
Mauritania Cape Blanc
Malawi Cape Maclear
Mexico Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Morocco Cape Juby
Cape Three Forks
Myanmar Cape Negrais Known as Pagoda Point or Mawtin Point (Mawtin Zoon). It is located 133 km to the NNE of Preparis Island and 193 km from the nearest point in the Indian union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
New Zealand Cape Egmont
Cape Foulwind
Cape Kidnappers
Cape Reinga
East Cape
North Cape
Norway Cape Nordkinn Northern tip of mainland Europe 71°08′02″N 27°39′00″E / 71.13389°N 27.65000°E
North Cape
Pakistan Ras Muari
Ras Jaddi
Portugal Cabo da Roca Western tip of mainland Europe 38°46′5″N 9°30′2″W / 38.76806°N 9.50056°W
Cape St. Vincent / Sagres Point Southwestern tip of mainland Europe 37°1′30″N 8°59′40″W / 37.02500°N 8.99444°W
Philippines Cape Engaño
Russia Cape Chelyuskin Northern tip of mainland Asia 77°44′0″N 104°15′0″E / 77.73333°N 104.25000°E
Cape Dezhnev Easternmost point in mainland Asia 66°4′45″N 169°39′7″W / 66.07917°N 169.65194°W
Senegal Cap-Vert Westernmost point in mainland Africa 14°44′41″N 17°31′13″W / 14.74472°N 17.52028°W
Location of Dakar (capital of Senegal)
Somalia Cape Guardafui Second easternmost point in mainland Africa 11°49′N 51°15′E / 11.817°N 51.250°E
South Africa Cape Agulhas Southernmost point in mainland Africa 34°51′15″S 17°33′22″E / 34.85417°S 17.55611°E
Beginning of dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans
Cape of Good Hope
South Korea Seopjikoji
Spain Cape Finisterre
Cape Trafalgar
Tunisia Cap Bon
Ras ben Sakka Northernmost point in mainland Africa 37°21′00″N 9°45′00″E / 37.350°N 9.750°E
Turkey Cape Baba Western tip of mainland Asia 39°28′46.88″N 26°3′50.29″E / 39.4796889°N 26.0639694°E
Sarayburnu, İstanbul Easternmost point of Istanbul
Separates the Golden Horn Bay from the Sea of Marmara 41°01′01″N 28°59′11″E / 41.0169°N 28.9864°E
United Kingdom Cape Cornwall, Cornwall
Cape Wrath, Scotland
United States Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Cape Canaveral, Florida Location of Kennedy Space Center
Cape Charles, Virginia
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Fear, North Carolina
Cape Flattery, Washington Northwest point of the contiguous United States
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Capes on the Mississippi River
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Cape Henlopen, Delaware
Cape Henry, Virginia
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
Cape May, New Jersey
Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska
Cape San Blas, Florida
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Cape Sable, Florida Southernmost point of the contiguous United States 25°7′6″N 81°5′11″W / 25.11833°N 81.08639°W
Venezuela Cape San Román Northernmost point of Paraguaná Peninsula 12°11′46″N 70°0′59″W / 12.19611°N 70.01639°W
Vietnam Mũi Né


Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall, England

Nasa photo cape fear

Satellite image of Cape Fear, North Carolina

Cape McLear, Malawi (2499273862)

Cape McLear, Malawi

Cape horn

Map depicting Cape Horn at the southernmost portion of South America


Photograph of Cabo Mayor in Santander, Spain

Cape Campbell sunrise

Photograph of Cape Cambell, New Zealand, at sunrise

See also


  1. ^ Whittow, John (1984). Dictionary of Physical Geography. London: Penguin, 1984, p. 80. ISBN 0-14-051094-X.
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Region east of the Sundays River, some 72 km northeast of Port Elizabeth. In 1931 about 680 hectares (1,700 acres) were enclosed to form the Addo Elephant National Park. The name is also borne by a railway station, post office and bridge. Of Khoekhoen origin, the name probably means 'euphorbia ravine'.

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