southern hemisphere

noun
variants: or Southern Hemisphere

Definition of southern hemisphere

: the part of the earth that lies south of the equator

Examples of southern hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mammal is the most complete and well preserved skeleton of a gondwanatherian, which is a mammal that lived on the ancient southern supercontinent Gondwana, which is now the continents of the southern hemisphere. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This 'crazy beast' was a weird early mammal that lived among dinosaurs," 18 Dec. 2020 Honniball focused her observations on Clavius, the second-largest crater on the near side of the moon, located in its southern hemisphere. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "There May Be Far More Water on the Moon Than NASA Thought," 26 Oct. 2020 As founder of the Global Penguin Society, Argentine Pablo Garcia Borboroglu has helped millions of the seabirds throughout the southern hemisphere. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Environmental heroes to inspire you in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Australia and New Zealand, in the southern hemisphere, are about to enter summer. James Griffiths, CNN, "South Korea and Japan called in the military to fight Covid. As winter looms, they aren't taking any chances," 7 Dec. 2020 To investigate whether this could have happened on Mars, Ojha and his colleagues estimated both the thickness of ice deposits in the planet’s southern hemisphere and the planet’s average annual surface temperature. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "The most life-friendly places on ancient Mars were deep below its surface," 3 Dec. 2020 While a second wave of Covid-19 forced Melbourne into a strict 112-day lockdown over the southern hemisphere winter, the majority of restrictions have now been eased. Angus Watson And George Ramsay, CNN, "Australian Open 'likely' to be postponed by 'one or two weeks'," 25 Nov. 2020 But the unusual surge came too late for many Brazilian farmers, on the opposite southern hemisphere growing cycle, who had already committed to selling their crops at much lower prices and may now seek to renegotiate contracts with buyers. Mark Weinraub And Ana Mano Reuters, Star Tribune, "At last, a year when farmers don't have to store soybeans," 21 Nov. 2020 About 60% of that area is in the Moon’s southern hemisphere. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "The Moon may hold much more water than we think," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of southern hemisphere

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Southern hemisphere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southern%20hemisphere. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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