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How can one make a model of the tundra biome?

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The tundra biome is a category of physical geography that includes polar and alpine environments that typically include snowy and icy weather sometimes during seasons other than winter. Most models of this biome will focus on this characteristic, meaning that supplies for a model of the tundra should include some sort of simulacrum of snow. Tundras typically lack trees, so this feature should be absent from any diorama or other model representing this biome.

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Students and teachers who want to build a model of the tundra biome should select a specific part of the tundra and a specific season to represent. Even though this biome is most closely associated with winter, tundra do experience seasonal changes, although some parts of the tundra may never experience full snow melt. The colors and animals associated with the season should be identified in order to assemble the proper materials. Different colors of paper, paints, clay, small models of tundra animal inhabitants (such as arctic hares and polar bears), scissors, glue and even real moss or rocks can be used to build a convincing visual representation of this somewhat barren ecosystem. In general, the tundra tends to be a bit desolate, so model makers should keep this in mind and avoid adding too much plant or animal life.

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