FAQs about Permafrost

10. What is the difference between the tundra and the taiga?

The tundra is one of the great biomes on Earth, characterized by being a frozen desert. The tundra has large extensions of frozen subsoils and a lack of vegetation. The soils are covered with moss and lichen and are often swampy, with peat bogs in many places. This biome is located mainly in the boreal hemisphere, in northern Russia, Alaska, northern Canada, southern Greenland, and on the Arctic coast of Europe.

The taiga is a set of forested conifer formations, being the largest forest mass on the planet. The taiga is located in northern Russia, including Siberia, northern Europe, in the Hudson Bay, northern Canada and Alaska. The southern hemisphere lacks taiga.

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