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Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

Are North and South Poles Exactly Alike?

Are North and South Poles Exactly Alike?

No, North and South Poles aren’t exactly alike. The point we refer to as the North Pole is on an ice-covered sea, the Arctic Ocean. Beneath the ice and snow of the South Pole lies solid land, the continent of Antarctica.

Both the Arctic (North Pole) and the Antarctic (South Pole) are cold because they don’t get any direct sunlight. The Sun is always low on the horizon, even in the middle of summer. In winter, the Sun is so far below the horizon that it doesn’t come up at all for months at a time. So the days are just like the nights—cold and dark.

Winter temperatures in the South Pole may drop to more than 100 degrees below zero. In the North Pole region, air currents rising from the great expanse of water help raise the temperature a bit. So the North Pole does not get as cold as the South Pole.

Penguins live in the southern hemisphere only, this means in the Antarctic region, where they have no natural continental predators. And unlike the lifeless region of the South Pole, polar bears clomp around on the icecap at the North Pole.

The North Pole is at the northernmost point of the Earth, while the South Pole is at the southernmost point on the Earth.

The two poles are at extreme opposites of the planet, and many of their features are also polar opposites. So, now you know that North and South Poles aren’t exactly alike.

Content for this question contributed by Michael Salzinger, resident of University Heights, Ohio, USA