Middle Arctic tundra

WWF Abstract

This very large ecoregion contains the coldest and driest landscapes in Canada. Because it receives only 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) of precipitation each year, the area is referred to as a polar desert. Snow covers the ground for at least 10 months of the year. Because of high winds, cold temperatures, and shallow, poor soils, vegetation is sparse and dwarfed. Although some shrubs can survive, plant life consists mainly of a cover of lichens and herbaceous species such as saxifrage. Warmer areas support dwarf birch, willow, and alder. It is a naturally fragmented habitat, including numerous islands such as the large Banks and Baffin Islands.
Read more: View WWF Report
Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Tundra
Countries:Canada
Area:255,231,997 acres (103,288,725 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Aulavik National Park
Auyuittuq National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER