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What is the origin of the word Arctic?
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The word "arctic" comes from "arktos" in greek, which means bear. But polar bears have nothing to do with this name. The ones in the sky do: the Great Bear and the Small Bear, that are only visible from the Northern hemisphere, are at the origins of "arktos". Therefore, Antarctica was named as the "anti-Arctic", where you cannot see the constellations. Photo credit: Ben Thouard / The Explorers
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