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Southern exposure (terminology)

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Southern exposure is increased sunlight received by south-facing land, walls, windows, and other relevant entities in the Northern Hemisphere.[1] Southern exposure is often considered "full sun".[2][3]

Sunlight differentials for southern exposure are caused by the 23-degree axis tilt of the Earth, which creates an uneven distribution of sunlight based on geographical location.[1][4] Southern exposure is commonly discussed in real estate discourse because it can affect a structure's capacity for solar energy options. Southern exposure is also important to landscaping and land conservation. It impacts the native plant life that will survive in a given area by affecting the optimal landscaping compositions, gardening patterns, and seasonal growth of flora.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Why is southern exposure so sought after in the city?". HowStuffWorks. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  2. ^ Nast, Condé. "A Brief Guide to Understanding Sun Exposures". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  3. ^ columnist, Dan Gill, The Times-Picayune garden. "Northern exposure? Southern exposure? How compass directions can improve your plants' health". Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  4. ^ a b "Landscape Design in the Tri-State Area". Landscaping Design on the Main Line. 2019-11-16. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
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