Alpine Tundra is an ecosystem that is located on very high mountains. Tundra comes from the Finnish word "Tunturia", meaning treeless plain. Because Alpine Tundra is so high, no trees can grow there. That is what Alpine Tundra is, a treeless ecosystem due to elevation. The most amazing thing about Alpine Tundra is that it has a layer of permafrost. It never thaws (to change from a frozen solid to a liquid). Most people would probably think that Alpine Tundra could not be home to any life but you would be wrong. Animals and plants that live on Alpine Tundra have adapted to the cold and harsh wasteland that Alpine Tundra is. Alpine Tundra is known for its frost-molded landscapes, extremely low temperatures, little precipitation, poor nutrients, and short growing seasons. In this website you will learn about various aspects of Alpine Tundra. E.g: the environment of Alpine Tundra, Ecology, Botany and Zoology.