around or near a pole, as of the earth.
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How to use circumpolar in a sentence
In order to survive 120 days of continuous darkness and an average temperature of 43 degrees Fahrenheit, the circumpolar creatures were most likely warm-blooded.The real Jurassic Park may have been in the Arctic | Sara Kiley Watson | June 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
As forbidding as this terrain is, there is another force at work on the ocean surface – the Antarctic circumpolar Current.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It? | Clive Irving | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bones of the musk-ox found in the frozen soil of Siberia indicate that it formerly had a circumpolar distribution.North America | Israel C. Russell
Very rare migrant; but two records; breeding habitat, circumpolar regions.Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
This is done most effectually by observing the vertical movement of a close circumpolar star when at its greatest azimuth.
In 1817 he joined the corvette “Uranie” as pharmaceutical botanist to the circumpolar expedition commanded by D. de Freycinet.
When are the circumpolar constellations visible in northern latitudes?The Chautauquan, Vol. III, March 1883 | The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
British Dictionary definitions for circumpolar
(of a star or constellation) visible above the horizon at all times at a specified locality on the earth's surface
surrounding or located at or near either of the earth's poles
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Scientific definitions for circumpolar
Located or found in one of Earth's polar regions.
Denoting a star that from a given observer's latitude does not go below the horizon during its diurnal motion. The closer an observer is to one of the poles, the greater the portion of the sky that contains circumpolar stars. At the pole itself, all stars are circumpolar.
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