circumpolar

adjective
cir·​cum·​po·​lar | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce circumpolar (audio) \

Definition of circumpolar

1 : continually visible above the horizon a circumpolar star
2 : surrounding or found in the vicinity of a terrestrial pole a circumpolar current circumpolar species

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Weddell seals dive up to 2,000 feet deep, into the top layer of circumpolar deepwater. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Fitted With Sensors, Antarctic Seals Track Water Temperatures," 25 June 2019 Seals tagged nearby in 2014 recorded new pathways where circumpolar deepwater was making its way onto the continental shelf. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Fitted With Sensors, Antarctic Seals Track Water Temperatures," 25 June 2019 This suggests that the circumpolar deep water may melt more ice in winter that in summer. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 At the same time, Iqaluit—like its circumpolar neighbors—faces a housing crisis of a different sort. Melody Schreiber, WIRED, "The Race to Save Arctic Cities As Permafrost Melts," 14 May 2018 Other circumpolar regions face infrastructure challenges from the warming earth. Melody Schreiber, WIRED, "The Race to Save Arctic Cities As Permafrost Melts," 14 May 2018 The events teach competitors to respect their fellow athletes, which can have real-life applications in the circumpolar north, where severe weather can force people to rely on each other. Mark Thiessen, The Christian Science Monitor, "Native Youth Olympics celebrates indigenous culture through sports," 26 Apr. 2018 The events teach competitors to respect their fellow athletes, which can have real-life applications in the circumpolar north, where harsh conditions can force people to rely on each other. Washington Post, "Alaska Olympic events mimic hunts, like sneaking up on seals," 25 Apr. 2018 The events teach competitors to respect their fellow athletes, which can have real-life applications in the circumpolar north, where harsh conditions can force people to rely on each other. Mark Thiessen, Fox News, "Alaska Olympic events mimic hunts, like sneaking up on seals," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of circumpolar

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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circumpolar

adjective
cir·​cum·​po·​lar | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce circumpolar (audio) \

Kids Definition of circumpolar

1 : continually visible above the horizon a circumpolar star
2 : surrounding or found near a pole of the earth

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