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Arctic Circle (aerial)

A 120m aerial view from directly above the famous Arctic Circle sign along the Dempster Highway north of Eagle Plains, Yukon.  The circle sits at approximately 66°30′ N; because of Earth’s inclination of about 23 1/2° to the vertical, it marks the southern limit of the area within which, for one day or more each year, the sun does not set (about June 21) or rise (about December 21). The length of continuous day or night increases northward from one day on the Arctic Circle to six months at the North Pole.  Look on the horizon to see where I have labeled cardinal directions of the circle.  The Dempster Highway is the only road in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle - venturing north from here one is now submersed in 24-hour sunlight, at least for a few more weeks.


It is important to note that the Arctic Circle likely does not cross at this pullout as it is currently drifting northwards at a rate of roughly 15 metres/year due to fluctuations of Earth's axial tilt from the Moon's tidal forces.  The margin can be up to two latitudinal degrees over a 41,000 year span.




Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18800x9400
Taken: 16/07/2023
Uploaded: 16/07/2023


Tags: arctic circle; aerial; yukon territory; dempster highway; polar night; midnight sun; rest area; richardson mountains; highway 5; periglacial; boreal
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