Virtual Biome: Floodplain Thickets

This 360 º virtual biome tour is taken along the banks of the Tanana river as it passes Fairbanks, Alaska.


Floodplain thickets occur along the floodplains of rivers throughout Alaska, but the species composition differs along the rivers of the southern coastal areas to the broad, braided rivers north of the Brooks Range.   Floodplain thickets form on newly exposed alluvial deposits that are periodically flooded, and develop quickly. The dominant shrubs of this biome are willows (Salix ssp.) and occasionally alders (Alnus ssp.), and additional species of shrubs.