Taiga factsBotany quiz
This kind of tilted forest is a common sight in subarctic taiga. What is this phenomenon caused by?
The soil. The permafrost prevents trees from developing a deep root system. Climate variations or forest fires can thaw the upper extents of the permafrost, creating a ground slump called thermokarst.
Which trees are very shallow rooted?
Siberian larch. In Sibrerian Taiga permafrost occurs and restricts root growth. Trees are therefore prone to windfall.