Answer to Question #141928 in Physical geography for Javier

Question #141928
Why do the north and south poles have 6 months of winter (darkness) and 6 months of sunshine, rather than regular seasons?
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Expert's answer
2020-11-18T03:59:57-0500

Because the earth's rotational axis is inclined at 23.4° to the vertical:


As we see, due to the angle the sunlight reaches the major part of the South pole and almost no light reaches the North pole. After 6 months, the earth passes a half of its orbit and the poles swap the polar night and day.


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