Jun 7, 200603:10 PMThe Life
Deserts of the world: Arctic
Jun 7, 2006 - 03:10 PMThe Arctic is a desert because it gets very little rain or snow. In the winter, it's so cold that the little snow that does fall doesn't melt - so deep snow covers the land and the ice. It's one of our planet's two polar deserts, covering 5.4 million square miles of the U.S., Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Its surface is characterized by snow, glaciers and tundra. The land is relatively barren, with little or no vegetation.
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