The limit for arboreal vegetation, the trees are bare on the side that the wind blows. The flowering plants remain short, grass and moss and lichens survive better near the ground. This is the landscape of the Arctic zone in America, in Europe and Asia, where the climate is dry and cold. In the Arctic tundra the ground is frozen all year round, and can extend deeply for hundreds of metres. Reindeer, hares, Arctic foxes, ermines and numerous migrating species can be seen in the Arctic tundra.

subjects dealt with in Tundra

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Tundra biome

The word “tundra” comes from a Lapp word, meaning “barren land”. The area is flat, with scarce vegetation and virtually…

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Man and tundra

The Samis, normally known as Lapps, live in a very wide territory stretching from the coasts of Norway to the…

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A sensitive habitat

Although remote and far away, the tundra is not spared the negative impact of some of man’s activities. Its most…

special reports

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

    1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

  • 8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

    8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 1 November 2007 / Ecosystems

    The environment and health

    Two faces of the same coin The topic of the relationship between the environment and health is very transversal, i.e.…

    13 October 2007 / Ecosystems

    Environmental risk in Nepal

    Institutional management The government institution in charge of management of natural resources in Nepal, is the Ministry of Population and…

    1 June 2007 / Ecosystems

    Nepal’s natural resources

    The country Morphological characteristics Nepal is a relatively small country with a total area of little less than 150,000 square…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

    8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

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    The tundra, which is extremely rich in lichens, proved very useful to study the world’s distribution of pollutants: the wind…

    A frozen mammoth

    During the Pleistocene (approximately 1.5 million years ago), the tundra covered all central Europe and was inhabited by spectacular animals,…

    A meteorite explodes in the tundra

    The Siberian tundra is also known for a spectacular astronomic event. On June 30th, 1908, in a remote region of…

  • Let’s save the baby seals

    In Canada, Norway and Greenland, baby seals are killed for their skin and fur, to be sold all over the…

    A witness of the ancient times

    Baltic amber is largely used to make jewels. Amber is a resin that took origin thousands of years ago from…

    Treatment with lime trees

    Some parts of the plants have healing properties: lime trees are among the most common ones. Lime trees (Tilia cordata)…

  • The concentration of elements

    In nature the quantity of elements is extremely important: the substances that are necessary to living organisms are often more…

    Long ears as air conditioners

    As far as the physiological adaptations of desert animals are concerned, the alterations of the appendages (ears, paws, tail) are…

    Coconut palms

    Coral islands are the ideal habitat of coconut palms, probably the most commonly grown palm in the world. Coconuts are…

  • An environmental quality indicator

    The tundra, which is extremely rich in lichens, proved very useful to study the world’s distribution of pollutants: the wind…

    A frozen mammoth

    During the Pleistocene (approximately 1.5 million years ago), the tundra covered all central Europe and was inhabited by spectacular animals,…

  • A meteorite explodes in the tundra

    The Siberian tundra is also known for a spectacular astronomic event. On June 30th, 1908, in a remote region of…

    Let’s save the baby seals

    In Canada, Norway and Greenland, baby seals are killed for their skin and fur, to be sold all over the…

  • A witness of the ancient times

    Baltic amber is largely used to make jewels. Amber is a resin that took origin thousands of years ago from…

    Treatment with lime trees

    Some parts of the plants have healing properties: lime trees are among the most common ones. Lime trees (Tilia cordata)…

  • An environmental quality indicator

    The tundra, which is extremely rich in lichens, proved very useful to study the world’s distribution of pollutants: the wind…

  • A frozen mammoth

    During the Pleistocene (approximately 1.5 million years ago), the tundra covered all central Europe and was inhabited by spectacular animals,…

  • A meteorite explodes in the tundra

    The Siberian tundra is also known for a spectacular astronomic event. On June 30th, 1908, in a remote region of…

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