Why are there no trees in the Arctic tundra?

There are no trees in the Arctic tundra. In fact, the very first tree is 180 miles from the end of the road!

A lot of people think there are no trees in the far north because of the cold, strong winds, permafrost, or the lack of water. While all those are contributing factors, they aren’t the main reason.

The main reason there are no trees in the Arctic tundra is simply because there are not enough sunny days for photosynthesis to occur.

It takes a lot of energy to produce and maintain the large woody stems and trunks of trees, and there aren’t enough sunny days to support them. That’s why are there no trees in the arctic tundra.

Here’s a video I made to explain it all:


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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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