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Uploaded on Monday 21 Feb 2011 by Lawrence Hislop

Arctic vegetation

Year: 2010
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Lawrence Hislop
Arctic vegetation lies dormant for around 9 months under a blanket of snow. When the Summer temperatures melt the top layer of permafrost (frozen earth) this creates a wetland environment where plants can thrive. The roots (if any) are shallow and many Arctic plants grow low to the ground and close together, where they are protected from winds and low temperatures.
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