FAQs about Permafrost

9. Is there permafrost in the southern hemisphere?

In the southern hemisphere, permafrost is found in the Georgia and Sandwich Islands, where the tundra prevails. This biome is made up of frozen soils devoid of ice, species of frozen deserts or cold plains without trees and a subsoil covered with mosses and lichens.

The climate is characterized by low rainfall, especially snow. They have very low average temperatures, so the ground remains frozen, making permafrost in the lower parts. Trees and shrubs are prevented from rooting and that is why the vegetation is reduced to lichens, mosses, and some herbaceous plants.

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