Characteristics of Polar Environments (Examples (Greenland, Syberia,…
Characteristics of Polar Environments
Coldest in the world.
Usually completely covered by glaciers, ice sheets and snow.
Top layer of the ground is permanently frozen (permafrost).
Inland areas, away from warming influence of the sea.
Average monthly temperature is always below freezing.
How snow and ice accumulate over time.
Winter average of -40C.
Summer average of 0C.
Precipitation average is 320mm.
Summer average of -28.2C.
Winter average of -60C.
Precipitation average is 166mm.
Not much precipitation.
Incredibly cold air can't hold much moisture, and remains quite dry.
Cold, dry environment is not ideal for plants or animals.