Pacific Coastal Mountain icefields and tundra

WWF Abstract

This ecoregion is part of the largest non-polar ice field in the world. It consists of a steep, rugged range of high coastal mountains,with some peaks exceeding 16,500 feet (5,000 m) in elevation. The mountains are cut into sections by wide valleys. The Seward, Hubbard, Malaspina, Grand Pacific, and Llewellyn glaciers dominate the landscape. Much of the ecoregion lies beneath glaciers and ice fields, so it is mostly devoid of vegetation. Soils are poor and gravelly. Where plants are able to grow, dwarf and low shrubs, including mountain heath, are common.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Tundra
Countries:Canada, United States
Area:26,368,000 acres (10,670,751 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kluane National Park and Reserve National Park Reserve
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder