A Brief Look At Tundra Plants
Cliches and stereotypes are a bound regarding virtually every subject on the planet. This is because often people form opinions on a subject based on limited knowledge of a subject. Today, much of our information comes from cable television and this can be troublesome because cable TV only provides a limited amount of information because it is susceptible to the limited volume of time dedicated to a subject.
For example, if there is a television program covering the subject of plant and animal life in the tundra, 15 minutes of the program will be dedicated to commercials. Of the remaining time left, the program will be split into segments. If one is looking for information of the subject of tundra plants, then the person viewing will be presented with only a few abbreviated minutes on a subject that is tremendously vast.
What Are Tundra Plants
It becomes critically important to define what these plants are before moving deeper into the discussion. For a surface level definition, one can define Tundra plants as those plants that are indigenous to the cold Tundra regions of the world. For many, the mere notion that plants exist in the artic regions of the world is something out of a fantasy novel. Most people believe that plants can only thrive in hot or mild climates and not in those climates that are cold.
(Again, this type of misinformation derives from sources of information that are overly brief in their presentation) Of course, these tundra plants are quite different from other plants in the sense that they have shallow roots and are virtual top soil plants. Yes, there are exceptions, but most tundra plants are short rooted because the specific soil of the region can not accommodate large roots. Hence, this is a major reason why there is little plant life in the region and not necessarily because of the excessive cold temperature.
The Importance of Understanding the Benefits of Tundra Plants
Tundra plants provide the same value to the environment of the artic region that plants in general provide to every region of the world: the convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and are the epicenter of a host of other environment contributions. Because of this, they are critical member so the environment and need to be conserved. Again, lack of knowledge in regards to their purpose and existence can often yield negative consequences for the plants and this, ultimately, creates negative consequences for the human population as well.