Standing water in low spot on tundra
The low points on wet tundra (about 1 meter below the high points) often have standing water during the summer. The vegetation is lush and green. These low areas have the appearance of lowland swamps and bogs in temperate climates. These low spots have a dramatically different environment from that found on the top of hummocks just a few meters away, and only a meter so higher in elevation. The kinds of plants found here are likewise very different from those found on the higher points a few meters away.
Closer view of sedges and other plants in low spot
You are at a low point on the tundra.
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