Climate & Treeline Facts

Drunken Trees / Stunted Trees

Located at 55 ° latitude, -68° longitude.


Black Spruce grow at, or just below, the treeline. Their trunks usually grow straight up, but with the continuous melting and freezing of the permafrost at the treeline, the Black Spruce is unable to develop a deep root system. This causes their trunks to tilt every which way. These trees are known as "drunken trees".

Stunted Trees refers to stunted specimens of fir, larch, mountain ash, and birch trees. Because of cold temperatures and soil conditions, these trees are often stunted, looking more like shrubs.

Image: By Jon Ranson, NASA. Drunken forest.

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