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Two Weeks Under the Sea Video

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Aquanauts study the health of marine organisms—by becoming their neighbors.
Nikki G's insight:

Two Weeks Under the Sea was selected because it gives the viewers a look at the life within the coral reef from a perspective rarely shown: from the water itself. With the scientists that conduct research living in under water within the biome, they are able to see the interactions for themselves and take a number of tests not easily done from the surface. They also understand the environment better as they experience life in the water for a period of time. 

 

C- This video was produced less than 3 months ago on September 8, 2014. This means the tests the scientists have run within the coral reef biome are current and reliable. Although there might be minor changes within the past three months, the audience still sees a current representation of the reef and an in depth exhibit of how they conducted their research during the two weeks they were living under water. 

R- The relevance is apparent in that the subjects within the video are living within a coral reef itself. They see first hand what species are within coral reefs, how they interact with each other, and what life within the biome looks like. It may not necessarily provide hard facts about the biome, but in this case, it provides insight about the reality of it. You can't obtain knowledge than from someone who has experienced living there, so it develops it's information not with always with factual evidence but with exposure to true observation.

A- NOVA, the company who produced this video, is the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. This being said, and stated on their website, NOVA has proven itself within the science community as a recommended resource to uphold and make use of without worrying about its credibility.

A- Following Liz Bentley Magee, a mission scientist, as she lives, works and sleeps under the sea gives a first person source clearly watching her every day life. With face to face interviews with the scientist herself, the information on the research comes from the one performing the tests, making it accurate. She of all people would know the correct information about the data they've gathered. She is the one interacting with the biome. There is no other source to interview who could provide more accurate data about their study.

P- This video is to display the month-long project aimed to study the effects of global warming and ocean acidification on nearby Conch Reef and raise awareness of fragile ocean ecosystems. Although it includes her experiences, this video is for factual purposes and although it desires to raise awareness about the condition of the current coral reefs, it is not trying to persuade the viewer one way or another. Because of these conditions, it isn't biased.

 

Citation:

Clark, Kristen. "Two Weeks Under the Sea." PBS. PBS, 26 Aug. 0014. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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Corals and Coral Reefs

Corals and Coral Reefs | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
Coral reefs contain colorful and amazing animals, but are threatened by human activities. Images, videos, and facts from around the world.
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I chose this website because it includes every aspect of the coral reef. From what they are themselves, to how they reproduce, to their diversity, there is information on all of it. It was also chosen because it pairs facts with images so people who visit the website can truly understand the processes it describes. 

 

C- The website does not only include coral reef information, but it as a whole was published in 2013, only a year ago. Even with its currency already up to date, it is frequently reviewed by its authors who make necessary changes if necessary. This information displays reefs today as it keeps up to date and is current in itself.

R- With a widespread range of information on coral reefs, this source is extremely relevant. It has multiple subsections to explain all the need-to-knows in order to understand the reef ecosystem. While filling out the biome chart, this site would be a perfect source as it withholds everything needed and more and is easy to access.

A- There are little to no grammar mistakes within this article.Not only does its contents present accurate findings but it also includes hyperlinks to more information if readers want to develop the topic deeper. This way readers of all interest levels are content with the publication: more interested readers can find more about a topic and less interested readers can obtain the basic knowledge. All knowledge that is presented is reviewed multiple times not only by the authors but by the corporation before publication ensuring it is accurate and reliable information.

A- Each author of the website is included in the bottom of the reef page.Coral reef biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton is leading the Smithsonian’s effort to increase public understanding of the world’s ocean. She has studied the ecology and evolution of coral reefs for many years making her close to an expert on the topic. The other author, yet another reef genius, is research zoologist Stephen Caims. He focuses on the diversity, distribution, and evolution of deep-water corals—both fossil and living. With these two authors, the information provided is credible, factual, and abundant.

P- Although the site does include information about the conservation of the coral reefs and the authors are concerned about the reefs being in danger, there is a separate section for action relating to that. The information revolving around the characteristics of the reefs are completely unbiased and solely included to inform. It is all published to help familiarize people with life in the ocean. 

 

Citation: 

Knowlton, Nancy. "Corals and Coral Reefs." Smithsonian Ocean Portal. Smithsonian NMNH, 2013. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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Magazine Article on Coral Reefs

Magazine Article on Coral Reefs | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
Nikki G's insight:

C- This source is fairly current, being published August of 2013, just a little over a year ago. Compared to many other sources on coral reefs, this is very current.

R- This magazine article talks all about the climate of the coral reefs and how it is beneficial. It is very relevant and can used to answer some questions within the chart. It also talks about some basics of the coral reefs which makes it very relevant to our topic.

A- I found this source of of Gale (GREENR) which is known to be a very credible source. Our librarians, as well as teachers suggested this website to find our sources and so it has authority to it.

A- This source is very accurate. Most, if not all of the information within it can be found within other sources. The information is also supported by evidence and various examples. 

P- The purpose of this information is to inform the viewers about the climate and various other facts about the coral reefs. Most of the information is fact based with a few opinions thrown in. The author makes his purpose clear from the beginning and supports it throughout the article.

 

The reason that I selected this source was because it is very relevant to our topic. It has a lot of information within it that is insightful and it verifies with the CRAAP test. It is current, relevant, accurate, credible (authority) and is purposeful in the examples and evidence it gives to explain the climate of the coral reefs.

 

Vlahos, James. "Apocalypse averted? Why some coral reefs might survive climate change." Popular Science Aug. 2013: 29+.Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. Web. 9 Dec. 2014.

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Monitoring Reef Resilience (Case Study)

Monitoring Reef Resilience (Case Study) | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
Nikki G's insight:

C- This case study was recorded online on April 4, 2014. That was only 8 months ago and compared to other, this source is very current.

R- This source is relevant to our topic because it is all about the coral reefs and how we can preserve them and monitor their resilience. It also includes a location of a coral reef and actions that have been taken in order to preserve it.

A- This case study was published on a .org URL which is one of the most credible. The lead organization working on this case study is an Australian government organization also referred to as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This website also includes contact information in case someone needed to ask a question. The contributors are credible sources including James Cook University, University of Queensland, and Pro-vision Reef Incorporation.

A- This source is very accurate and is reliable for correct and insightful for information on coral reefs. The information within this case study can also be found on various other sources and the information is supported by evidence and research.

P- The purpose of this case study is to monitor reef resilience in Australia. All of the information is facts and they are backed up by actual tests and actions that they have run. The authors make their purpose clear by starting the article with the problem they have been faced with and possible solutions we, as people, could use.

 

I chose this case study because it is a very credible source. The information displayed is relevant and current and can be used in order to fill in the biome chart. It passes the CRAAP test with flying colors, having good reasons in each category.

 

"Australia – Monitoring Reef Resilience." Reef Resilience. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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Coral Reefs: the basics (Informational Article)

Science in Context
Nikki G's insight:

C- This website is very current because it was written only 10 months ago. Compared to others, less than year is very current. This is vital with the coral reef biome because the conditions reefs are in are constantly changing. The state of a reef in the year 2014 can be drastically different than how it was two years ago. Although this source mainly provides details on characteristics and factual observations within most reefs, currency is still important.

R- This website explains the basics of coral reefs and gives the reader a good overview and insight into the beginning knowledge of coral reefs. As students learning about this biome, this source is a perfect place to start. Before getting into the more complexities within a reef, it is relevant to know the basics. By including a vast overview of the subject it helps readers understand the information without just throwing out random facts otherwise useless.

A- I found this website through Gale which is a source given to us from our librarians. It is known worldwide to be a credible source for users to find the information they need. By being published within the Gale library, it is safe to say you will obtain knowledge scientists have approved.

A- This source is accurate because the information I found within it, is found on other sources about the coral reef. Also, there are no grammatical or spelling errors and the information is supported by facts and examples of research.

P- This information is all fact based and the authors make their point clear, which is to explain to everyone the basics of coral reefs.There is no persuasion or opinion within the document making the author impartial and making the information useful.

 

I chose this website because I found it off of a very credible source (Gale) and it has information that people will need to use for the biome chart. The information is current, relevant, accurate and purposeful.

 

"Coral Reefs." World of Earth Science. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Science in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2014.

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Life within the Coral Reefs (Academic Journal)

Life within the Coral Reefs (Academic Journal) | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
Nikki G's insight:

I chose this academic journal because it explores the reefs in depth. Not only does it explore the background of coral reefs throughout the world, but it explores their current situation. With information ranging from water properties, reef locations, and sample analysis, to eukaryotic and prokaryotic species, seasonal tendencies, and satellite maps, this journal by BMC Genomics exceeds the normal reef study. It also follows the CRAAP test, making the abundance of information credible. The CRAAP test goes as follows:

C- The credibility of this journal is evident from the very beginning. The first sign arises as the the date published is presented at the top of the page. In science, the publish date being recent is vital because new discoveries are made daily. This journal was written July 14, 2014. Being less than a year old, it gives us a current idea on the state of the reefs presented. 

R- All information presented within this source is relevant because it revolves around every aspect of a coral reef. It displays the biome in different lights yet also gives basic characteristics and specific examples. If anyone were to use this source to obtain knowledge on coral reefs they would have the perfect balance of widespread information. 

A- The authors being from BMC Genomics help the journal's credibility because it is a well known, organization responsible for scientific information. They are known to publish subject-specific journals focused on the needs of individual research communities across all areas of biology and medicine, and each author undergoes a process and follows strict policies in order to get their journal published. Because the scientists who write these works have a career in theses specific subjects, it gives them authority on their own and when their work is reviewed many times, it adds to it. 

A- Because this academic journal was posted on GREENR, which is a global reference on the environment, energy, and natural resources, it is almost guaranteed accurate. GREENR offers sustainable and smart sites to gather information from. Whether the source be a case study, a video, a magazine article, or, in this case, and academic journal, the information within the work will be truthful, accurate, and professional. In order to test the credibility, I searched for some of the information on other sites and found similar characteristics which can help to solidify correct information. 

P- The purpose of this journal was to reveal/ analyze the status and diversity of structural and functional free living species in reef areas. The Kra Island in Thailand to be specific. It is impartially written and does not have a bias as it is solely presenting research.

 

Citation:
Somboonna, Naraporn, et al. "Structural and functional diversity of free-living microorganisms in reef surface, Kra island, Thailand." BMC Genomics 15 (2014): 607. Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. Web. 9 Dec. 2014. 

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Two Weeks Under the Sea Video

Two Weeks Under the Sea Video | Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
Aquanauts study the health of marine organisms—by becoming their neighbors.
Nikki G's insight:

Two Weeks Under the Sea was selected because it gives the viewers a look at the life within the coral reef from a perspective rarely shown: from the water itself. With the scientists that conduct research living in under water within the biome, they are able to see the interactions for themselves and take a number of tests not easily done from the surface. They also understand the environment better as they experience life in the water for a period of time. 

 

C- This video was produced less than 3 months ago on September 8, 2014. This means the tests the scientists have run within the coral reef biome are current and reliable. Although there might be minor changes within the past three months, the audience still sees a current representation of the reef and an in depth exhibit of how they conducted their research during the two weeks they were living under water. 

R- The relevance is apparent in that the subjects within the video are living within a coral reef itself. They see first hand what species are within coral reefs, how they interact with each other, and what life within the biome looks like. It may not necessarily provide hard facts about the biome, but in this case, it provides insight about the reality of it. You can't obtain knowledge than from someone who has experienced living there, so it develops it's information not with always with factual evidence but with exposure to true observation.

A- NOVA, the company who produced this video, is the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. This being said, and stated on their website, NOVA has proven itself within the science community as a recommended resource to uphold and make use of without worrying about its credibility.

A- Following Liz Bentley Magee, a mission scientist, as she lives, works and sleeps under the sea gives a first person source clearly watching her every day life. With face to face interviews with the scientist herself, the information on the research comes from the one performing the tests, making it accurate. She of all people would know the correct information about the data they've gathered. She is the one interacting with the biome. There is no other source to interview who could provide more accurate data about their study.

P- This video is to display the month-long project aimed to study the effects of global warming and ocean acidification on nearby Conch Reef and raise awareness of fragile ocean ecosystems. Although it includes her experiences, this video is for factual purposes and although it desires to raise awareness about the condition of the current coral reefs, it is not trying to persuade the viewer one way or another. Because of these conditions, it isn't biased.

 

Citation:

Clark, Kristen. "Two Weeks Under the Sea." PBS. PBS, 26 Aug. 0014. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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