Constraints To Ecosystem Development in High Arctic Polar Deserts

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: biology, soil, vegetation, plants, arctic ecosystems, nitrogen, organisms, algae, polar desert

Principal Investigator: Bliss, Lawrence (13)
Licence Number: 12641
Licensed Year(s): 1994
Issued: May 16, 1994

Project Description: We seek to better understand how ecosystems develop in the high arctic following retreat of ice caps. This includes studies of soil development and the influence that rocks play in this as well as studying the development of block crusts of organisms that form on the soil surface. We will also try to understand the role these crusts play in fixing nitrogen and influencing the development of flowering plants.