The Tundras of our world
Alpine and Arctic tundras: what is the difference?
The Arctic tundras are mostly located between 60* and 70* latitude. They encircles the north pole and extends to south of the coniferous forests of the taiga. Tundra comes from the Finnish word tunturia, meaning treeless plain, though there are numerous activities that tourist love to partake in that make up for the drab meaning of the areas given name.
The subsoil is subject to permafrost (land that is permanently frozen), but the surface layer melts in the summer. Soil conditions are poor, being marshy and waterlogged with the melted water unable to drain completely away. Though this does allow for rivers, streams, and lakes to form for the publics recreation. Only grasses, mosses, lichens and dwarf shrubs exist in this area of the world causing magnificent views of the landscape.
The other classification of a tundra is the Alpine tundra; as shown below this area is all around the world in high altitudes at the tops of mountains. The average tempeture is between -10 to 20 F and winds can get up to 60 miles an hour (just perfect for kite-flying). More animal and plants thrive in these locations for the permafrost that is contained within the subsoil is not present at all altitudes. Hiking is very common among tourists and outdoor activists love the view and active wildlife.
The Alpine Tundra
The Arctic Tundra
Why should I go and when?
What to bring?
All you winter gear
bring a parka, gloves, ear muffs, thick socks, long pants, jeans, wind breakers, a light jacket (for underneath), snow boots, waterproof wear as well if you plan on playing the snow.
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