Arctic Ecology

Authored by: Sarah E. Hobbie

Functiona Plant Ecology

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780849374883
eBook ISBN: 9781420007626
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The Arctic encompasses the region of the globe that lies north of the latitudinal tree line. Its environment is extreme in myriad ways, with low mean annual temperatures and precipitation, short growing seasons, and cold soils that are often underlain by permafrost, thawing only incompletely during the growing season. Consistent with the extreme environment, productivity is lower in the Arctic than in most other regions of the world (Figure 12.1).

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