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Definition of subantarctic

: of, relating to, characteristic of, or being a region just outside the antarctic circle

Examples of subantarctic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On South Georgia, a far-flung subantarctic island 1,300 miles off the east coast of Argentina, elephant seals, albatross, and king penguins rule supreme. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2019 The first study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, plumbed literary, oral and artistic archives for historical accounts of Maori in Antarctic and subantarctic regions. New York Times, 2 July 2021 And archaeologists have observed ovens, middens and stone tools on subantarctic islands dating back as early as the 14th century, suggesting that Polynesian people lived in the region for at least one summer. New York Times, 2 July 2021 And yet only a couple thousand remain on the planet, living on a handful of subantarctic islands that, due to sea-level rise, may soon disappear. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2021 There, near the border with Chile, the 1,722-square-mile park encompasses subantarctic forests that preserve habitats for species such as the guemal, puma, rhea, condor, guanaco, and the calafate plant. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, 20 Nov. 2020 Together these subantarctic islands are internationally recognized as an important marine mammal area. Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2020 Krystyna Saunders and her colleagues decided to look for some of that evidence on subantarctic Macquarie Island, which lies about 1,500 kilometers from Tasmania, midway between Australia and Antarctica. Anil Ananthaswamy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Feb. 2020 In the Antarctic and subantarctic waters preferred by males, the Patagonian toothfish fisheries that dominate the area have implemented regulations to limit the problem, such as fishing only at night when fewer birds are in flight. Tara Santora, Scientific American, 2 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of subantarctic

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Subantarctic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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