Walking in the Tundra

By: Mrs.Durst's Class

Biologist (animals)

Animal life in the Tundra is a very difficult place to live in. No matter what species of animal it is, it has to adapt to the very harsh weather and climate. Many people think that there are not very many animals in the Tundra, but actually there are tons!

Some Animals in the tundra are- ptarmigan, polar bear, musk ox, arctic fox, arctic hare, wolves, ermines, caribou, antarctic ice fish, arctic squirrels, lemmings, snowshoe hares, arctic terns, tundra swans, snowy owls, snow buntings, cod, flatfish, salmon, trout, mice, walruses, slugs, seals, arctic loons, guillemots, ravens, bowhead whales, and beluga whales.

Some interesting facts about interesting animals are- polar bear- polar bears have a rough pad on the bottom of their feet so they do not slip on the ice.- ptarmigan- they have fur even in between their toes and on their feet even though they are a bird.- and the arctic loon stays underwater most of the time because they have adapted to the cold water so it is colder outside than it is in the water (for them).

Botanist (plants)

Plant life in the Tundra might be even harder then animal life. Some things plants have to do are go very short roots, because under about 2 inches the soil turns frozen and the roots couldn't grow. The also have to grow fast in the summer where it is only hot for a few weeks. They have to be low growing to the ground, and have to grow in groups for warmth. There can not be any trees ever in the Tundra because their roots are way to big and long.

List of most plants : Moss, blueberries, bilberries, cloudberries. flowers, lichens, arctic poppies, arctic willows, bearberries, cranberries, crowberries, marsh marygolds, swamp tea, and sedges. Some interesting facts about certain animals.

Cloudberries - Cloudberries are very rare and are not found very much anymore.

Bearberries - Their leaves are picked in summer and used for infusions

Crowberries - Eskimos use crowberries for most of their food supply.

Meteorologist (weather)

In the Tundra the climate is very cold.In the winter the average temperature is 20 degrees *f through -30 degrees *f. The Tundra get 6-10 inches of precipitation a year. When it's windy bits of ice fly in the air. In the winter the days get shorter and the sun doesn't rise for weeks. In the summer the Tundra can get a little over 45*. In the summer the grass turns colors like red, brown and has little shrubs of green grass. Melting permafrost creates dramatic changes in the climate.

Geologist (landscape)

Tundra is located in places far from the equator.You can find tundra in Alaska,northern Canada Greenland,northern Europe and northern Asia.In the Tundra there are plains mountains and valleys but the valleys in the tundra have very little grass.Most of the time the Tundra is covered in snow and or ice.

~=Fascinating Facts!=~

Plants - There are NO trees in the Tundra. Most of the plants in the Tundra are very rare and unknown. Most plants that grow in the Tundra ONLY grow in the Tundra, but some also grow in other places.

Animals - lots of the animals in the Tundra have special features like polar bears have rough paws, ptarmigans have feathered feet, and loons have webbed feet that help them swim through the water and the water is what keeps them warm. I think the Tundra is cool because all animals HAVE to adapt lots of ways to live there.

Weather - The Tundra is cold pretty much the whole time, summer and winter.

Basic Cool Things - The Tundra is almost always covered in snow and or ice.The Tundra has very little or no population.

Siting My Sources!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubus_Chamaemourus

http://www.thewildclassroom.com/