The frozen winter sea ice and cliffs of the Canadian Arctic

Polar

Polar regions, found at the planet's northern and southern extremes, are the icy wastes of the continental ice caps and the frozen pack ice of the ocean. The only 'plants' here are specialised forms of cold-loving algae that grow on the surface of snow. Only animals that don't rely on vegetation - such as penguins, seals and polar bears - are able to live here.

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Behaviours

Useful behaviours for this habitat

Ecozones

Ecozones where this habitat is found

Habitats

Other Terrestrial habitats

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