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Plants of Arctic Tundra Region (page 2)

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Author: Janice VanCleave

More Fun With Tundra Plants!

Because permafrost prevents trees from growing long roots, it is a primary reason why trees do not grow in the tundra. Demonstrate that short plants can stand with short roots but tall plants cannot. Do this by laying an index card on a table. Divide a grape-size ball of clay into two parts, making one part pea-size. Shape each of the clay pieces into a ball. Spread the small clay ball in the center of the card. Make the clay layer about as big around as a dime. Stick the larger clay ball on the end of a piece of uncooked fettuccine. Stand the free end of the fettuccine in the center of the clay on the card, pushing the fettuccine as far as possible into the clay. Be careful not to break the fettuccine. Release the fettuccine and observe any movement. Note: The fettucine should fall. If not, use a longer piece of fettucine. If the fettucine falls, repeat the procedure, using shorter pieces of fettucine until it is short enough to remain standing in the clay.

Arctic Tundra Plants

Book List

  • Foreman, Michael H. Arctic Tundra. Chicago, Ill.: Children's Press, 1997. Informative book on the Arctic, including the plants and animals that live there.
  • Silver, Donald M. One Small Square: Arctic Tundra. New York: Learning Triangle Press, 1994. Facts and fun activities about plants and animals of the Arctic tundra and the land they live on and in.
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