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1. Located or found in one of the Polar Regions.
2. Astronomy Denoting a star that from a given observer's latitude never sets below the horizon.


1. (Astronomy) (of a star or constellation) visible above the horizon at all times at a specified locality on the earth's surface
2. (Physical Geography) surrounding or located at or near either of the earth's poles


(ˌsɜr kəmˈpoʊ lər)

around or near a pole, as of the earth.
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Adj.1.circumpolar - (of a celestial body) continually visible above the horizon during the entire 360 degrees of daily travel; "a circumpolar star"
seeable, visible - capable of being seen; or open to easy view; "a visible object"; "visible stars"; "mountains visible in the distance"; "a visible change of expression"; "visible files"
2.circumpolar - located or found throughout a polar region
polar - of or existing at or near a geographical pole or within the Arctic or Antarctic Circles; "polar regions"
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Two months earlier we should have had perpetual daylight in these latitudes; but already we had had three or four hours of night, and by and by there would be six months of darkness in these circumpolar regions.
The case of America alone would almost suffice to prove its truth: for if we exclude the northern parts where the circumpolar land is almost continuous, all authors agree that one of the most fundamental divisions in geographical distribution is that between the New and Old Worlds; yet if we travel over the vast American continent, from the central parts of the United States to its extreme southern point, we meet with the most diversified conditions; the most humid districts, arid deserts, lofty mountains, grassy plains, forests, marshes, lakes, and great rivers, under almost every temperature.
The seafloor animals of the Southern Ocean shelf have long been isolated by the deep ocean surrounding Antarctica and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, with little scope for southward migration, according to the research team.
Located in Eclipse Sound, near the eastern end of the Northwest Passage, the marine waters of this region are well recognized as a circumpolar biodiversity hot spot, and they were recently designated as part of the Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area.
The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) now contains 83 000 records describing 65 100 publications and 17 900 research projects about northern Canada and the circumpolar Arctic.
It is important to recognize the existence of two separate planetary-scale circumpolar vortices: one in the stratosphere and the other in the troposphere.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature recognizes 19 subpopulations of polar bears (scientific name Ursus maritimus), all of which "live throughout the ice-covered waters of the circumpolar Arctic.
Among the topics to be discussed is the health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations as well as the challenges faced by health care in Canada's North, other circumpolar regions such as Alaska, Greenland, the Nordic countries, and Arctic Russia.
Compiled and edited by Barbara Helen Miller (an independent scholar working in co-operation with Research Group Circumpolar Cultures living in Hilversum, the Netherlands), "Idioms of Sami Health and Healing" is pioneering volume that documents, in accessible language, local healing traditions and demonstrates the effectiveness of using the resources of local communities.
Idioms of Sami Health and Healing explores the many approaches to healing in several Sami communities set in the circumpolar Arctic, showing how ocolonizedo communities retain their rich traditional and cultural traditions.
These stars are known as circumpolar stars and the constellations they belong to are called circumpolar constellations.
Inuit live in the vast, circumpolar region of land, sea and ice known as the Arctic.