The Arctic Tundra

Interesting facts about the arctic tundra:

  • The word tundra comes from the Finnish word tunturia.  
  • The arctic tundra has about 400 varieties of flowers but under 50 animals.
  • The tundra biome covers about 20% of the world.

Here are some features about the arctic tundra.

  • Extremely cold climate
  •  Low biotic diversity
  •  Simple vegetation structure
  •  Limitation of drainage
  •  Short season of growth and reproduction
  • Energy and nutrients in the form of dead organic material
  • Large population oscillations

Next, we have some animals from the tundra:

  • Arctic Fox
  • Arctic Wolf
  • Lemming
  • Vole
  • Ermine
  • Caribou
  • Reindeer
  • Polar Bear
  • Birds
  • Walruses
  • Narwhals
  • Bowhead Whales
  • Orca
  • Many Different Seals

Here are tundra plants:

  • Flowers
  • Arctic Poppy
  • Lichen
  • Reindeer Moss
  • Bearberry
  • Labrador Tea
  • Diamond Fruit Willow
  • Sedges

What do you know about the tundra? 



Caribou in the tundra

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One thought on “The Arctic Tundra

  • 05/26/2015 at 11:01 pm

    Dear Ethan,

    I really like your post. It is a great post about the Tundra. I also know a few things that you left out of your post that I think you know, but you forgot to add it to your tundra post. Well, I know that another plant is sedges. Reindeer and Caribou eat that a lot. I know, that you know that their are puffins and a lot of other birds, bowhead whales, killer whales, narwhals, walruses and a ton of different seals.



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