3. The Evolution of Polar Desert and Tundra Ecosystems

  1. Hugh French1 and
  2. Olav Slaymaker2
  1. Konrad Gajewski

Published Online: 30 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119950172.ch3

Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective

Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective

How to Cite

Gajewski, K. (2011) The Evolution of Polar Desert and Tundra Ecosystems, in Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective (eds H. French and O. Slaymaker), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119950172.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Ottawa, Canada

  2. 2

    University of British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Ottawa, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470699683

Online ISBN: 9781119950172

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Keywords:

  • evolution of polar desert and tundra ecosystems;
  • arctic environment, constraints on plants and animals;
  • global biomes, their vegetation zonation;
  • bedrock, regional-scale influence;
  • Thule habitation on Cornwallis Island;
  • arctic plant ecology;
  • summer temperatures and plant physiological processes;
  • arctic oases;
  • postglacial climate and vegetation change in arctic Canada;
  • forest tundra deforestation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Nature of the Environment

  • Ecology of Arctic Plants

  • Vegetation Zonation

  • Arctic Oases

  • Long term Evolution of Canadian Arctic Ecosystems

  • The Quaternary

  • Postglacial Climate and Vegetation Change in Arctic Canada

  • References

  • Discussion Questions

  • Some Useful Internet Sources