Life below zero

Strategies against the cold

How does nature survive the icy grip of winter? SXC
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Winter - this means icy colds, snow storms and scarce food for the animal kingdom. While we humans usually have the ability to protect ourselves from the freezing temperatures with thick winter clothes and heated homes, animals need to develop other strategies to survive the winter.

Some migrate to warmer climes or oversleep the time underground. But for everyone else, the fight for survival begins in a world of snow and ice. In the course of evolution, nature has brought about the most astonishing adaptations: insects and frogs that can survive freezing, algae that only live in ice, polar bears that really feel great only in the bitterly cold polar winter, and marmots that fall asleep in the winter,

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Nadja Podbregar
As of: 28.12.2017