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Term: Tundra Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Treeless terrain, with a continuous cover of vegetation, found at both high latitudes and high altitudes.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A treeless biome characteristic of polar and alpine regions.  IPCC2014 

Treeless terrain, with a continuous cover of vegetation, found at both high latitudes and high altitudes  IPAPermafrost 

Treeless plains that lie poleward of the tree line. (Also called arctic desert.) The plants thereon are sedges, mosses, lichens, and a few small shrubs. Tundra is mostly underlaid by permafrost, with the result that drainage is bad and the soil may be saturated for long periods. It does not have a permanent snow-ice cover.  AMSglossary 

High latitude biome dominated by a few species of dwarf shrubs, a few grasses, sedges, lichens, and mosses. Productivity is low in this biome because of the extremes of climate.  PhysicalGeography 

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