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Musk Ox Characteristics
Musk ox are horned creatures with thick hair. They have a black or a deep brown colored hair with an off-white color to it. The musk ox weighs an average of 500 pounds, and a high of 900 pounds. They are 4 to 5 feet tall measuring from the shoulder down.
Musk Ox adaptions
To survive in the cold, harsh tempters the musk ox has heavy fur that keeps them warm. There fur hangs down long enough to cover there hooves and the fur protects there hooves from frostbite. The musk ox is also skilled in finding food in the snow.
The musk ox lives in the frozen tundra. The frozen tundra has an average of 3 feet of snow. Majority of musk ox's live in the frozen tundra in the northern part of Canada, Greenland and Alaska. There are no tree's in the frozen tundra either, just snow and lakes.
The musk ox lives in one of the coldest areas. The frozen tundra has an average -30° and extreme dips can go to -70°. The weather is cold, cloudy, windy, and snowy. In the frozen tundra it is often snowing, and there's not much rainfall.
Other animals and plants that lives in the Frozen Tundra
Plants in ecosystem
In the frozen tundra the plants are grasses, moss, herbs, willow, sedges, crow berries, lichen, shrub foliage, and roots. Most of the time the plants get old and die due to all of the snow. Those dried up, old plants are the musk ox's source of food.
Animals in ecosystem
In the frozen tundra the animals are mountain sheep, dal sheep, mountain goats, American buffalo, wolves, and some foxes. The musk ox never eat any of these animals because they are vegetarians and don't eat meat.
Changes in ecosystem
There are changes in the frozen tundra ecosystem usually due to global warming. The seasons come later then usual, and then summers are longer so the fall freeze comes later. The fall freeze is right after the frozen tundra's short summer and starts freezing the ground up right before winter. With global warming, the frozen tundra's summer runs longer so fall freeze comes later then other tundras.
Slow process that could occur
An effect in the Frozen Tundra is if permifrost melted. Permifrost is frozen soil. Permifrost is filled with gas bubbles with methane and carbon dioxide, so when global warming gets to high the permifrost melts. When it melts it is known to cause erosions, disappearance of land and lakes.
Rapid process that could occur
A rapid process that could occur is a blizzard. A blizzard is a mixture of strong winds and a heavy snowstorm. The wind picks up the snow creating a blizzard. It can last at least 3 hours in tretrious conditions. They are very life thretining.
The animals that would move due to a blizzard are mountain sheep, dal sheep, mountain goats, foxes, and wolves. The animals that would adapt are the musk ox and the American buffalo. The animals that could die are the foxes and wolves. The foxes an wolves could move or die due to how cold it gets, if it doesn't move quick enough it will die because it's fur isn't warm enough to withhold those weather conditions.
Musk ox's were first introduced in Russia.
The Musk ox have been roaming the artic areas for over several thousand years.
The musk ox is a very popular hunting animal, they are used for food, clothing, shelter, and their horns are used to make tools and crafts.
Male musk ox's are sometimes called bulls.