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Coral Reefs: Case Studies

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Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- This website is current, it was first published in 2007 but it was last updated in 2012.

 

R- The intended audience is anyone who wants to know about how coral reefs are doing over time.  The information is probably for anyone that has some science knowledge in high school and older.  The information is all related to the topic because the website provides case studies on the health of coral reefs all over the world.  The information is very detailed and provides excellent scientific informaiton on coral reef biomes.

 

A- There are works cited on the website's pages as well as companies and research groups that they contacted while performing the case studies.  These groups all specialized in their specific area and proabably had very extensive knowledge of their coral reef biome. 

 

P-  The purpose of the site is stated, it is to provide information and research about the health of coral reef biomes around the world and how they have degraded or improved over time.  There might be some bias in the studies because they got their information from sources that were native to their biome area so they might be trying to make it appear better or worse than in reality.  This could skew the data by having a few coral reef biomes appear to be much healthier or much worse off than they actually are.

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Florida's damaged reefs make a comeback

Florida's damaged reefs make a comeback | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - South Florida's coral reefs, a natural wonder worth more than $6 billion to the local economy, appear to be rebounding after decades of damage, disease and deterioration. The...
Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- This news article is very current, it was published on November 7, 2013.  

 

R- The information is intended for people that are high school and above and that have a working knowledge of coral reefs, Florida's ocean and know about the hazards they face.  The information is related to the topic of coral reef biomes because it is a news article about how the coral reefs around Florida are rebounding from previous damage.

 

P- The purpose of the article is stated and it is to provide information about how the coral reefs are making a comback and doing better off the coast of Florida.  There is some bias in the article because the article is based off of the opinions of a few people.  This bias could influence the information by only giving those induvidual's opinions that may differ from someone else's.

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Great Barrier Reef National Geographic

The largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1,200 miles (2,000 km) of islands and submerged reefs.
Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- This video is fairly current, it was made in 2009 which is not too long ago.  The information on coral reefs in the video has not changed in the past 4 years so this video is current enough to be relevant and informational.

 

R- The information in the video is relevant and it provides information about the larget coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef.  The facts in the video are not very advanced and this video is for anyone probably 10 and up.  

 

A- The National Geographic channel made this video and their authority is very good.  This company specializes in making videos, gathering information and taking pictures of nature so they are very proficient and reliable when it comes to environmental videos.  

 

P- The purpose of this video is to provide a visual representation of the coral reef biome and to provide some examples and illustrations of the organisms that live there.  The purpose is stated and it is to provide information about coral reefs, specifically the Great Barrier Reef.

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Great Barrier Reef

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Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- The information was published in 2008 but it was last updated on October 10, 2012.  This information is only a year old and sense the information on coral reefs has not really changed much in the past 12 months the website is still current.

 

R- The information is very detailed, it goes into great depth about the Great Barrier Reef and the different statistics and facts about this specific reef.  The intended audience is probably high school and above since there are some more detailed and advanced sections.  The information is all related to the topic by providing specific information about a coral reef.

 

A-There is a bibliography on the page and the sources in the bibliography are reliable.  They are from the Gale database and from the Gale Encycolpedia of Learning which are very scholarly sources.

 

P- The purpose of the article is stated and it is to provide information about the Great Barrier Reef which is a major coral reef biome area.  There is not much bias in the article, most of it is facts but there are some opinion areas that are about environmental hazards and tourism hazards.  

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Journal on Coral Reefs

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Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- It is very current because it was published in October 2013.

 

R- The intended audience is probably high schoolers and above becuase it is a fairly advanced journal artile.  The information is detailed and related to the topic of coral reef biomes.  

 

A- This was written by the British Ecological Society so it is from a credible author.  It was reviewed by the National Union of Teachers.  

 

A- There is a works cited page but it only has one source so that is a bot of a drawback.  The source is credible though, it is a published book.

 

P- The purpose of the journal is stated, it is to provide information on coral reef biomes.  There is probably a little bias becuase it is a journal entry but for the most part there is none.

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Beyond Gorgeous: Great Barrier Reef (46 PICS)

Beyond Gorgeous: Great Barrier Reef (46 PICS) | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
This is the planet's largest coral reef system and it can be seen as far away as outer space! The gorgeous Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Australia, in the Coral Sea, and stretches for 1,60...
Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- This source is fairly current, it was made in 2011 which isn't too long ago.  There are more current sources but this is a good one and it is not too out of date.

 

R- There is really no information presented, it is just pictures of different animals of coral reefs.  It provides a visual picture for what coral reef biomes look like.  The intended audience is for anyone, they are really cool picture and then more advanced and older people can read the captions and further their learning.

 

A- There are references as to who took the pictures and their credintials are that they are professional photographers, however there is no bibliography to reference all their sources in one place.

 

P-  The purpose of the site is stated and it is to show people how beautiful coral reefs are and to show that they are worth protecting.  There is no bias in the site because the site just has pictures and captions describing the picture.

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Coral Reef Biome

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Distinctive features of the coral reef biome, including environmental requirements and biological community

Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- This article is current. It was originally published in 2010 and it was last updated this year, in 2013

 

R- The information is relevant and related to the topic, the information is very detailed and it specifies different types of coral and what they do in reefs. This site's audience is probably teenagers and above.

 

P- there is no bias in the article, it is very factual and just provides information about coral reefs. The purpose of the article is stated, it is to provide information about coral reef biomes and to illustrate how humans are impacting their health

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Kailyn Lee's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:30 PM

The currency of this case study was copyrighted in 2010-2013 which makes the information pretty current and up to date. The intended audience appears to be for people who are interested in the Marine Life as it not only described the coral reef biome but also the coral reef fish, plants, animals, and food webs. The author of this website is William Alevizon who earned his Ph. D which makes him a credible source. He is a very scholarly writer. The source is labeled correctly to the topic and the author hyperlinks key terms to links with more information on them which shows the authors knowledge. This site is also able to be proven true with other outside souces. 

Noah Hendrix's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:44 PM

The currency of this case study was copyrighted in 2010-2013 which makes the information pretty current and up to date. The intended audience appears to be for people who are interested in the Marine Life as it not only described the coral reef biome but also the coral reef fish, plants, animals, and food webs. The author of this website is William Alevizon who earned his Ph. D which makes him a credible source. He is a very scholarly writer. The source is labeled correctly to the topic and the author hyperlinks key terms to links with more information on them which shows the authors knowledge. This site is also able to be proven true with other outside souces. 

Anna K's curator insight, November 9, 2015 12:56 PM

Currency:

The information is kept up-to-date by the author; it was originally published in 2010, and has been updated as of November 2013. The information is not out of date because it has been edited, also, the definition of coral reefs does not change; the same characteristics remain over the course of a couple of years- the structures, animals, plants, etc. will remain the same.

 

Relevance

The intended audience is individuals who do not have a scientific background, it is presented well, with in-depth information without being overly scientific and difficult to understand. There is abundant information with important details on the page, as well as more information about plants and animals on subsequent pages. The subject matter is closely related to the topic, as they both discuss coral reefs.

 

Authority

The information on this page is scholarly and  informative.The author is William Alevizon, who received an MA and PhD in biological sciences from UC Santa Barbara and has authored papers as well as taught at multiple universities. Along with these credentials, he has also conducted research on coral reefs. The disclaimer on the website states that all information provided is for educational purposes, true, and is maintained.

 

Accuracy

The website states general information about coral reefs, their inhabitants, and the distribution of reefs around the world. There are no sources stated, but considering that the author studied coral reefs for a number of years, the information is still valid and credible. The same facts can be found on other reliable sources such as Britannica and  online databases.

 

Purpose

The purpose of the article is stated in the About section of the page, which details the author’s studies and credentials. The purpose of the site is to inform those who are interested in coral reefs but do not have a background in sciences- written with simple language yet still providing numerous details.

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Coral reefs | Biomes of the World

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Biomes of the World -

Jackie Nichols's insight:

C- This is current becasue it was originally published in 1997 but it was updated in 2013.  All of the information that is presented on the site looks current as well.

 

R- There is a lot of information on this site and the information is fairly advanced so it's target audience is high schoolers and above.  The information is relevant to the topic because the entire site is dedicated to providing information and pictures about coral reefs.

 

A- The authority is very stong on this article.  It is published by Radford University in Virginia.  The authors are Dr. Susan L. Woodward, Professor of Geography Emerita, Department of Geospatial Science, Radford University, Radford Virginia and Dr. Andrew Foy, Assistant Professor of Geospatial Science at Radford.

 

A- There is a very extensive bibliography on this website to provide references about where their information came from.  The sources are very relaible articles and books, several of them are from the Museum of Natural History.

 

P- The purpose of the article is stated and it is to provide information on the biomes of the world.  The article doesn't have any bias because it is strictly facts and there were multiple authors of the site.

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