Arctic and Alpine Biomes (Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the by Joyce A. Quinn

By Joyce A. Quinn

This quantity within the Greenwood courses to Biomes of the area: sequence covers the biomes at excessive altitudes and close to the poles, together with the arctic tundra biomes, the Mid-Latitude Alpine Tundra Biome (found within the mountain levels of North the United States, Asia, and South America), and the tropical alpine tundra biome (for instance, Hawaii).

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38 Arctic and Alpine Biomes temperatures remain above freezing. The short summer and lack of heat for active growth also affect chemical activity and food sources, indirectly limiting life as well. Arctic precipitation is generally low because cold air cannot hold much water vapor. Coastal regions along warm currents, such as Iceland, Norway, and southern Alaska, are wetter, with up to 30 in (750 mm) or more precipitation a year, but the cold airmasses more common to the Arctic produce 10 in (250 mm) or less.

Because boreal forest trees lack a protective snow cover and are exposed to the weather, they must be more cold tolerant than tundra plants. The most significant factors affecting life in the Arctic are cool summer temperatures and the short time period during which ................................................. 38 Arctic and Alpine Biomes temperatures remain above freezing. The short summer and lack of heat for active growth also affect chemical activity and food sources, indirectly limiting life as well.

38 Arctic and Alpine Biomes temperatures remain above freezing. The short summer and lack of heat for active growth also affect chemical activity and food sources, indirectly limiting life as well. Arctic precipitation is generally low because cold air cannot hold much water vapor. Coastal regions along warm currents, such as Iceland, Norway, and southern Alaska, are wetter, with up to 30 in (750 mm) or more precipitation a year, but the cold airmasses more common to the Arctic produce 10 in (250 mm) or less.

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