Wrap up warm, gang, because we’re off on an icy adventure to the Arctic in our ten brrr-illiant Arctic facts!

Arctic facts

Arctic facts

1. The Arctic is located at the northernmost part of our planet. Scientists usually define the Arctic as the area above the ‘Arctic Circle’ — an imaginary line that circles around the top of the globe.

2. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, Russia, the USA, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland.

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Arctic facts

3. Because of the Earth’s tilt, for at least one day a year there’s an entire day of darkness in this freezing region — and also a full day of sunshine. Imagine that!

4. Temperatures as low as –70°C have been recorded in northern Greenland. Brrrrr!

Arctic facts

5. Despite the freezing-cold temperatures, approximately four million people call this wintery wonderland home! Amongst these are the indigenous people of the Arctic, called the ‘Inuits‘. They’ve found ingenious ways to survive in one of the harshest environments on our planet.

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6. In 1958, a submarine called the USS Nautilus sailed beneath the frozen ice of the Arctic Ocean. This was proof that the enormous ice sheet rests on water and not land.

Arctic facts

7. The Arctic is home to lots of wonderful wildlife, including polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals and whales!

8. One fascinating species found only in the Arctic is the narwhal, often referred to as the ‘unicorn of the sea’. Why? Well, male narwhals have a straight tusk projecting from the front of their head that can grow to over 3m in length!

Arctic facts

9. The word ‘Arctic’ comes from the Greek word for bear, Arktos. But this isn’t because of the polar bears! It’s believed the name refers to two constellations that can be seen in the northern sky — ‘Ursa Minor’ (Little Bear) and ‘Ursa Major’ (Great Bear).

10. The ice of the Arctic contains around ten percent of the world’s fresh water. This giant, white, frozen reservoir reflects sunlight, helping keep the region cool. It also plays a super-important role in keeping our global climate stable.

Arctic facts

 

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  • waow

    wow

  • Tom The Laid-Back Turtle

    Very exciting piece! I loved every fact ad I hope to someday be able to go to the arctic to see these things myself!

  • ruby cat

    love the artic but don`t want it all to melt with global warming

  • jojo

    it is very interesting and surprising to learn about the arctic.

  • kate

    I LOVE THE ARTIC ITS SO COLD AND SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL THATS WHY I LIKE GOING ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO LEARN ABOUT THE ARTIC AND THE ANIMALS THAT LIVE THERE

  • Lottie

    Love polar bears!!

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    I Love The Arctic!

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    Yes of course I can see that Arctic harbour some wildlife animals with thick and hairy furs for them to absorb the icy nature of the region.

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    Is it true that male narwhals horns can grow 3 meters in langth

  • Maia

    Polar bears live in the Artic because their cote matches the Artic but the polar bears are in trouble because the ice in the Artic is melting.

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    I like Arctic fats beacuse there are some polabear.

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    When I heard about the arctic , really wanted to meet a arctic wolf

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    sounds chilly

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    My friend loves penguin so she's going mad about all the penguins

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    I love arctic foxes, so when I saw this I had to click on it!

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    COOL!

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  • Emily

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    Thanks for helping me with my homework!!!!

  • becca cameron

    i learnt that the artic can go as low as -70*c

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    Thank you I wrote a summary about Arctic.

  • I LOVE THE ARCTIC

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    this site helped with homework that would otherwise have taken even longer otherwise :)

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  • Bri-Bri

    i love the facts and the polorbear

  • Shenyce

    It is so cool learning about the artic

  • Swara

    I did not know these facts about the Artic. Thank you

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    Thanks...it really helped.I am doing a project from school.

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    snow cool!

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    interesting facts

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  • bb155

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    Great Facts, I didnt even know people lived in the Arctic circle

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    Thank you this really helped me with my science project

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    this is helpfull because in school my topic is frozen kingdom so thanks!!!!!!

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    I didnt know this about the arctic

  • IAMHAPPY

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    i love the facts on narwhals

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    interesting facts about the arctic

  • Dvai

    polar bears are so good at a lot of things.

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    I am so excited I got to read this! Hopefully someday all of us can take action and preserve this cool environment!

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    That was very interesting!! I really liked it because I like geography.

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    Polar habbitat is soooo awsome!!

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    I am a narwal...

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    Amazing!

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