Water on the tundra


One of the characteristics of the Arctic is the frozen soil, or permafrost. This means that the soil is permanently frozen, apart from a thin top layer that thaws in summer. But under this so called active layer the ground is still frozen, preventing the meltwater to drain. This often results in a very wet and swampy tundra. At the lower parts of the tundra, tundra ponds can start. These ponds are home to a variety of live, geese use it as a refuge against predators, ducks and divers, the latter also using it for breeding. This smaller pond was desolated, but it still made a nice picture in the landscape.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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