Cape (geography)

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Cape Cod and the islands off the Massachusetts coast, from space
Cape Tindari and Marinello lagoons, Sicily

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. Their proximity to the coastline makes them prone to natural forms of erosion, mainly tidal actions. This results in capes having a relatively short geologic 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.[citation needed]

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[citation needed]
Cap Diamant, Quebec City
Cape Race, Newfoundland and Labrador
Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador Easternmost point in Canada[citation needed]
Murchison Promontory, Nunavut Northern tip of mainland America[citation needed]
Chile Cape Froward
Cape Horn Northern boundary of the Drake Passage
Meetingplace of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Cyprus Cape Greco
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,[citation needed]
Greenland Cape Farewell Southernmost point of Greenland[citation needed]
Cape Morris Jesup Northernmost point of mainland Greenland[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
Grand Cape Mount
Mauritania Cape Blanc
Malawi Cape Maclear
Mexico Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Morocco Cape Juby
Cape Three Forks
New Zealand Cape Egmont
Cape Foulwind
Cape Kidnappers
Cape Reinga
East Cape
North Cape
South East Cape
Norway Cape Nordkinn Northern tip of mainland Europe[citation needed]
North Cape
Portugal Cabo da Roca Western tip of mainland Europe[citation needed]
Cape St. Vincent / Sagres Point Southwestern tip of mainland Europe[citation needed]
Philippines Cape Engaño
Russia Cape Chelyuskin Northern tip of mainland Asia[citation needed]
Cape Dezhnev Easternmost point in mainland Asia[citation needed]
Senegal Cap-Vert Westernmost point in mainland Africa
Location of Dakar (capital of Senegal)[citation needed]
Somalia Cape Guardafui Easternmost point in mainland Africa[citation needed]
South Africa Cape Agulhas Southernmost point in mainland Africa
Beginning of dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans[citation needed]
Cape of Good Hope
Spain Cape Finisterre
Cape Trafalgar
Tunisia Cap Bon
Ras ben Sakka Northernmost point in mainland Africa[citation needed]
Turkey Cape Baba Western tip of mainland Asia[citation needed]
Sarayburnu, İstanbul Easternmost point of the historical city
Separates the Golden Horn Bay from the Sea of Marmara[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
Venezuela Cape San Román Northernmost point of Paraguaná Peninsula[citation needed]
Vietnam Mũi Né


  1. ^ Whittow, John (1984). Dictionary of Physical Geography. London: Penguin, 1984, p. 80. ISBN 0-14-051094-X.

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