Tundra

The Cold, Barren Wasteland

What is the tundra?

A biome that is frozen for most of the year. These regions can be found in high, mountains. There are few life forms that survive in the coldest times of the year. The tundra can be found in northern parts of Russia, Canada, Greenland, and the United States. It can also be found in Antartica.

Temperature

This biome is close to having inhospitable temperatures. Few animals have the ability to survive such environment. The animals that do live in this biome have adapted their body to retain body heat at a more efficient manner.

Vegetation

Contrary to popular belief, the tundra can support the growth of vegetation. These plants had to adapt as well to grow in such cold temperatures. Some examples of these plants are low scrubs, sedges, reindeer mosses, and liverworts.

Does it rain in the tundra?

Yes. In the tundra rain does occur. However, much of the precipitation is gather from the melted snow. The pools of melted snow form small ponds that enables vegetation and animals to thrive.