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Case Study on on how California chaparral wildfires affect the surroundings

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C: This report was written in 2013.  

R: The information is relevant because it provides information on chaparral wildfires can affect the animals living in that environment.  

A: The information is credible because it is provided by the Southern California Academy of Science.

A: The information provided is accurate because I researched on the effects of chaparral wildfires, and the information was similar to the results of the case study.

P: The purpose of the authors is to inform readers about how chaparral biomes produce a lot of wildfires which can be harmful to the animals (specifically mammals). The authors are also not biased towards the information written.

 

The information about the chaparral biome can be found in the abstract of the case study. The analysis and in depth information of the data can be found in the overview and discussion of the case study.

 

I chose this case study because it was current and the information provided in the case study gives an example of how chaparral biomes can have several wildfires in them. 

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This website provides facts about the chaparral biome (what it is and why it's important)

This website provides facts about the chaparral biome (what it is and why it's important) | Chaparral | Scoop.it
Chaparral is one of the most misunderstood plant communities in North America.

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Jordan Bickham's curator insight, November 6, 2013 3:32 PM

Currency - This website is periodically updated when necessary, in fact, the most recent update was October 28 of this year.  With that in mind, this source is very current making it very useful in understanding the present conditions of chaparrals, specifically in California.
Relevance - This website is simply an informational website about chaparrals, making it very relevant to our topic as well as helpful in helping us obtain accurate, extensive information on chaparrals.  The website includes all the basic, necessary information on these biomes such as the demographics, what they are, critical facts, and more.
Authority - The website is sponsored and run by The Chaparral Insitute which is a "nonprofit, research, and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of native shrubland habitats throughout the world and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by nature."  Those involved are knowledgable about the topic and are very credible in this subject.
Accuracy - This source is very accurate in the context of our research as it gives us all the basic information about chaparrals that are needed in understanding this specific biome.  We are able to learn relevant, important information such as the wildlife these biomes include, how they are formed, where they are located, and more that will be very beneficial to the entire class when wanting to learn about chaparrals.
Purpose -  The purpose of this source is to simply educate the public about chaparrals - what they are, their importance, and more.  As a nonprofit, educational organization, its goal is to share information with others about this biome.

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News Article: Biome shapes the ecology of California, past and future

News Article: Biome shapes the ecology of California, past and future | Chaparral | Scoop.it

"Ecologists have researched the history of wildfire across California, and have compared and contrasted historical versus contemporary and forested versus non-forested patterns of wildfire incidence."


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C: This article was written in 2014.

R: The information is relevant because it provides information on the burning of the central California in the chaparral biome.

A: The information is credible because it has the latest research of science news and has been taken into consideration by other universities, journals, and organizations.

A: The information provided is accurate because I looked into what other educational articles had to say and this website had everything combined together.

P: The purpose of this website was to describe the effect that the biome had on its people, location, and animals. It was very informative as well. It also talked about the climate change and how the society, as a whole, will be changed..

 

The information in this article written by science daily was an real-life event that had occurred just recently. The analysis could be found in the beginning paragraph.

 

I choose this article because it was a very recent event and how it had effected wildlife as well as how it effected people living near the area.

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Kovida's comment, December 8, 2014 4:43 PM
The information in this article written by science daily was an real-life event that had occurred just recently. The analysis could be found in the beginning paragraph.
Kovida's comment, December 8, 2014 4:45 PM
I choose this article because it was a very recent event and how it had effected wildlife as well as how it effected people living near the area.
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Journal Article: Information about how nitrogen cycling is controlled in California chaparrals

Aisha K's insight:

C: This article was written in 2013.  

R: The information is relevant because it provides information on how chaparral biomes control the amount of nitrogen being recycled. 

A: The information is credible because it is written by E.J. Hanna who is a professor of Ecology at the University of California. 

A: The information provided is accurate because the website is Astrophysics data System (ADS) which is a digital library operated under a NASA grant. 

P: The purpose of the authors is to inform readers about how chaparral biomes do not over recycle the amount of nitrogen in their biome. The authors are also not biased towards the information written.

 

The information about the chaparral biome can be found in the abstract of the journal article. 

 

I choose this journal article because it discusses how the chaparral biome maintains nitrogen cycling. Since this information was written in 2013, it is current and updated. 

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Video: The Chaparral Biome - YouTube

"http://www.zaneeducation.com - This educational biology video will assist biology students to study and identify the five locations of the chaparral biome and describe the climate of this biome."


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Aisha K's insight:

C: This video was made in 2010.

R: The information is relevant because it gives a brief description of the five locations of the chaparral biome and it describes the climate of this biome.

A: The information is credible because it was made by an educational website known as Zane Education. It is a website to give aid for the homeschooled, the disabled, and people interested in learning new information.

A: This information is accurate because it “has been electronically publishing the best educational material in partnership with leading textbook and curriculum publishers”. It has also been recommended by several textbooks.

P: The purpose of this website is to inform the watchers to get a visual idea of what might a chaparral biome looks like, the locations of this biome, and a description of the climate of this biome.

 

This video explains the different climates in each of the different regions. It gave an overview of what each biome looks like, how hot it is, and what causes the problems.

 

I choose this case study because I thought it was very useful to learn the basic information about this biome before going in-depth analysis.

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Kovida's comment, December 8, 2014 4:40 PM
This video explains the different climates in each of the different regions. It gave an overview of what each biome looks like, how hot it is, and what causes the problems.
Kovida's comment, December 8, 2014 4:41 PM
I choose this case study because I thought it was very useful to learn the basic information about this biome before going in-depth analysis.
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Case Study on on how California chaparral wildfires affect the surroundings

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Aisha K's insight:

C: This report was written in 2013.  

R: The information is relevant because it provides information on chaparral wildfires can affect the animals living in that environment.  

A: The information is credible because it is provided by the Southern California Academy of Science.

A: The information provided is accurate because I researched on the effects of chaparral wildfires, and the information was similar to the results of the case study.

P: The purpose of the authors is to inform readers about how chaparral biomes produce a lot of wildfires which can be harmful to the animals (specifically mammals). The authors are also not biased towards the information written.

 

The information about the chaparral biome can be found in the abstract of the case study. The analysis and in depth information of the data can be found in the overview and discussion of the case study.

 

I chose this case study because it was current and the information provided in the case study gives an example of how chaparral biomes can have several wildfires in them. 

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Information About the Chaparral Biome's Climate, Vegetation, Wildlife, and Location

Information About the Chaparral Biome's Climate, Vegetation, Wildlife, and Location | Chaparral | Scoop.it
Chaparrals are dry areas typically found in coastline regions.
Aisha K's insight:

C: It was last revised in 2014

R: The information is relevant because it informs the audience about the Chaparral biome.

A: The information is credible because it is written by Regina Bailey who has a bachelor's degree of biology from Emory University.

A: The information provided is accurate because I checked with other credible sources as well, and the information between the two was very similar. s

P: The purpose of the author is to make the information be meaningful and up to date. Also the author was not biased, which makes the information even more meaningful.

 

The information for the chaparral biome is found right as the readers open the link because the entire page is about the chaparral biome. 

 

I chose this website for information about the chaparral biome because the information is accurate, but it is not too hard to read. 

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