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Why do the poles experience the coldest temperatures on earth?


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May 15, 2010 8:17PM

This is because they are furthest from the direct rays of the sun. Even during the summer when they can receive 24 hours of daylight, the sun is barely above the horizon. Since its rays have to pass through a lot more of the atmosphere, they are "diluted" and can heat the surface very little.