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High Subarctic Tundra - Kingurutik/Fraser


The George River Plateau makes up the main (northern) portion of this ecoregion. Various mountainous outliers, including the Benedict Mountains, Wine River Mountains, Mealy Mountains, and the McPhadyen Plateau also belong to this region. Summers are short and cool, with a growing season of 80 to 120 days; winters are long, severe, and very cold. The upland vegetation is similar to the Low Arctic Tundra - Torngat ecoregion; however, the valleys support tree growth. Closed black spruce forests (with some larch) occur on lower valley slopes. River terraces support open spruce forests with a lichen dominated understory. Shallow fens with frozen peat occupy small depressions in plateau surfaces.


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