It’s week three of the ‘Ridonculous Race to Name the Place’ and so far you guys have been absolutely crushing it!
We decided that last week’s Paris background was a little too obvious so this week’s clue was much more obscure.
In fact, for this clue the closer you got to guessing the location the colder you got! Trick question? No, the answer just happens to be the Arctic Circle!
The Arctic Circle is the northern most part of the planet. If you look at the top of a globe you’ll see it marked as a literal circle.
How do they decide where that circle goes? It marks the point where anywhere further north sees at least one day a year that has twenty-four hours of darkness in the winter and a full day of sunlight in the summer!
That requirement means that the specific location of the circle changes a little from year to year based on the tilt of the Earth’s axis.
But don’t worry too much about buying an update globe every year! The change is only around fifteen meters a year — that’s about forty-nine feet for our American readers — and besides, if you hang onto that globe for a 4,0000 year cycle the Arctic Circle will be right back where it was!
Both Canada and the United States reach up into the Arctic Circle thanks to Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska, as do Finland, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the Icelandic island Grimsey!
The largest settlement within the Arctic Circle is the Russian city of Murmansk, which has around 30,0000 people living in it.
The word ‘Arctic’ comes from the Greek word ‘arktikos’, which references a bear.
What’s the connection? Ursa Major, the constellation you may know as the Big Dipper, can be seen in the northern sky!
So the Arctic Circle is the place on Earth closest to the bear!