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Facts About the Arctic
Northern Lights in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Northern Lights in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

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There are several fun facts about the Arctic and the Arctic Circle:
  • 90% of the Arctic have little snow and ice during the summer. As a matter of fact, many kinds of shrubs and plants grow here, but they remain lower to the ground.
  • The North Cape is known as the northern-most point of Europe.
  • The North Pole is usually not the coldest location in the Arctic.
  • The Arctic Circle is approximately 1,650 miles from the North Pole.
  • In 2011, Neanderthal remains found near the Arctic Circle have been dated at over 28,500 years old, which is more than 8,000 years after Neanderthals are thought to have disappeared.
  • While the sun doesn't rise much during the winter, it does shine every day on the entire Arctic Circle in the summer months.
  • Lands along the Arctic include those of Alaska, Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.
  • The Arctic Circle is located exactly 66° 33′39″ north of the Equator.
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