The Planet Araparoha

The Kaiteri and the Ta'anata live here. While the planet is called Araparoha, the seas are called Waipuna. The Kaiteri refer to their planet as Waipuna, but the Ta'anata refer to it by the lands, Araparoha. When the people from Coruscant came by, they naturally asked the Ta'anata what the name was, so the official name to outsiders is Araparoha. The name for Araparoha before the Kaiteri and Ta'anata colonized it was Te Tumuki. (11-16-09)*

Araparoha and Tehikamaui are functionally double planets. Araparoha is a small, rocky planet with a very large moon, Tehikamaui. Both have terraformed atmospheres. They are 1.9 galactic AU from Akotearoa and one orbit takes 2.5 standard galactic years. Tehikamaui has .42 the diameter of Araparoha and 1/7 the mass. They are tidally locked, meaning they have the same face to each other as their rotation period is the same. The barycenter (center of mass that they rotate around) is between them. When either planet is in full phase, the other planet has little night. Both planets are made up of land/islands, tidal lands (the area traversed by tides), and ocean. Both have longer days than Kahawaiti.

They have set repulsors on the equators of both bodies to keep the two from falling into each other. (2-3-12)*

The tidal action of Tehikamaui causes large tides, plus earthquakes and volcanos. Because the Kaiteri like to live near the ocean, they have set up barrier islands to take the tsunami strength tides. Araparoha has a small axial tilt and has a generally mild climate . The small axial tilt lessens the variation in the seasons but increases the temperature gradiant throughout the planet. However, the sun barges lessen the difference.

Unlike many planets, Araparoha rotates in a clockwise direction.

Atmosphere

There is a daytime sea breeze and a nighttime land breeze.

Puffy cumulus clouds congregate over the land by day and the sea by night. However, climate control can turn some rain clouds into virga clouds, which have precipitation that doesn't reach the sea or land because the drier air below it evaporates it. Climate control can also create moon halos on cue for important nocturnal events by seeding ice crystals in high cirrostatus clouds, and general iridescence by varying the water droplet size. It can create crepuscular rays for daytime events by seeding dust in the air, and cause ripples or waves in high cirrus or cirrostratus clouds by warming from below and making the air turbulant.

High cirrocumulus that form a broken layer of fleecy clouds and look like ripples in the sky are narakumare. Thin, high, semi-translucent clouds are pipipi. Cirrus are purerehu. Nimbus (rain) clouds are okewa. Clouds that look like ripples are also called narakumara.

Certain latitudes can enjoy an aurora called tahunuarangi which typically is red, green, pink, and yellow.

Climate

Large amounts of the planet have the maritime temperate climate favored by the Kaiteri. The polar regions and the equator have colder and warmer climates, but mitigated when possible, especially at the equator.

In the large maritime temperate zone, winters are milder and wetter than the summers, but there is no marked dry season. Low altitudes are cool and humid, and high altitudes are cool.

Barrier islands are placed to break up strong oceanic winds before they come over inhabited islands.

Oceanography

When they Kaiteriformed Araparoha, they recreated cool, shallow seas. Since Araparoha is further away from their now yellow-orange star than Na Hawaiki, they made it brighter with sun barges. To make a world of islands, they flooded the planet so that any possible continents became sunken continents. The sunken continents are small compared with other planets because of the stress of Tehikamaui orbiting so closely to Araparoha. Inland lakes near volcanoes caused by stress from Tehikamaui are unlivable soda lakes (alkaline). Volcanoes increase CO2 levels, so plants have adapted to increase their intake of CO2. The water level is artificially high for their global climate, and the unnaturally high water level means that there is more water to absorb excess CO2.

The seas of Waipuna are halite seas that have more salt than the seas of many planets, making it easier for Kaiteri to float. They are relatively rich in dissolved iron, making them more productive than they otherwise would be. The iron comes from hydrothermal vents on the seafloor.

The water is generally turbid and not clear. Reefs are not naturally common, but the Kaiteri have made some for the Kahurangi capital island. The seafloor has grey shale and limestone.

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*Date of discovery.