Tundra Biome By Jye
Tundra Geography • Tundra's are easily among the planets coldest and harshest environments. They are treeless regions found in arctic countries, and are snow-covered for the majority of the year. Little to no cannibalism takes place here, as there are weak and edible plants at every turn. It is greatly affected by global warming and one of the major signs of this is that some summer animals such as the red fox have moved on to tundra. There are two types of tundra: Arctic and Alpine. However, the only difference is the soil. The arctic soil is always frozen, so large pools of water form above the ground, and although Alpine soil can drop freezing, it is still able to absorb and drain water.
Plant Adaptation • Plants living in the harsh tundra environment are amongst the most difficult-to-adapt plants in the world. As one of the key ingredients to keeping a plant alive include: warmth and sunlight. In a tundra biome warmth and sunlight are hard to come by, even in summer. In fact, the most these plants can do to survive is sticking together and close to the ground, to preserve whatever warmth happens to brew over time. They have also-quite cleverly-developed the ability to grow under layers of frost therefore still being affected by the snow however not influenced by the cold. They have also learnt to treasure every moment of summer they get, by preparing to have a wild growth of offspring as soon as summer commences.
Diamond Leaf Willow • The texture of this magnificent form of flora consists of green leaves, fragile and slender twigs and a bright-orange sprout, revealing a lovely white flower. Alike various other plants of its description, it has a hairy stem and behaviour follows on as such. It stays close to the ground to keep as warm as possible. This plant is often found in large amounts which happens to be a bad thing considering that this plant is highly edible both for human and animal kind. It contains substantial doses of vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium and because of this is not as abundant as other plants.
Snowy Owl • The Snowy Owl can be found in such tundra environmentally-based countries as: Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia. A Snowy Owl’s diet consists of small rodents such as lemmings and rabbits. They are also part-cannibalistic in that they feed on assorted other types of birds such as ptarmigans (whatever they are). Oddly, they make their nests close to the ground, but still high enough that they have good visibility to predators and prey. Snowy Owls are among the largest owls in the entire Arctic landscape, they have yellow eyes fixed into their eye sockets, and have the ability to move their heads approximately 270 degrees in both directions.
Bibliography • Snowy Owl Picture: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_Owl • Polar Bear Picture: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nBFvmOkipko/TU_3D8EuEMI/AAAAAAAAACk/1Hg2BVeLtqY/s320/Human%2BImpact.jpg • Diamond Leaf Willow Picture: http://www.ri.net/schools/West_Warwick/manateeproject/Tundra/plant.htm • Tundra Landscape Picture: http://wesbiomes.weebly.com/uploads/8/8/8/3/8883471/9461639_orig.jpg