Surviving the desert

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Spitsbergen Poppy

But even without additional water there is still life in the desert. Every now and then you can find a few hardy plants trying to make a living in this really harsh environment. The growing season here is really short, sometimes even less as 30 days a year.

And the amazing this is… Plants produce flowers to attract insects for reproduction. As the production of flowers is costly, plants will only do this if there is a reasonable chance they will be pollinated…

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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