sub·​po·​lar ˌsəb-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce subpolar (audio)

Examples of subpolar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Palsa bogs are a polar and subpolar bog type whose peat interiors are—or were until recently—permanently frozen. Michelle Nijhuis, The New York Review of Books, 30 Mar. 2023 In the subpolar gyre south of Greenland, cold, nutrient-rich Arctic water mixes with warmer, nutrient-poor water from the south. Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2023 The latest entrant is a plan published in Environmental Research Communications that calls for high-altitude tanker planes to spray aerosol particles over Earth’s subpolar regions. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2022 Elias National Park equals six Yellowstones and contains North America’s largest subpolar icefield, Bagley Icefield. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Glaciers, subpolar icefields, ice caves, river systems, and forests offer sights and sounds that can impress even the most cynical. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 An expedition in the Victoria Strait in the subpolar Canadian territory of Nunavut has led to the discovery of one of the two ships lost in the Franklin Expedition in 1848. Reid Singer, Outside Online, 9 Sep. 2014 And according to one study, the subpolar North Atlantic recently became less salty than at any time in the past 120 years. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021 Recent decades of warming weather have exposed hidden archaeology in many mountain and subpolar regions, from Europe’s Alps and Greenland to South America’s Andes. Tom Metcalfe, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of subpolar was in 1685

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“Subpolar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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sub·​po·​lar ˌsəb-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce subpolar (audio)
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