2 weeks ago
Arctic life by @melissa_schaefer 💙 The far north is an ecosystem in perfect balance when it has the cold and the ice it needs, but every single degree of warming has huge consequences, and this makes it extremely vulnerable. ••• The sea ice is crucial to the ecosystems of the far north. You can compare it to the soil of ecosystems on land. If you take away the soil in a forest, the trees die. It is the same for the Arctic. Algae, bacteria and microscopic organisms live in the ice and feeds the life underneath. If you remove the ice, the ecosystem collapses from its very bottom, affecting the fish, and in the end what is most important for the bears - the seals. ••• The high Arctic is the roughest, toughest place on Earth. It inhibits some of the strongest wildlife and is a place where man has to fight to survive. At the same time it is the most fragile place you can imagine.