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Man vs. Wild: Sierra Nevada Chaparral

Man vs. Wild: Sierra Nevada Chaparral | Chaparral |

In part of the mountains in the Sierra Nevada there is an area of a chaparral biome.  Bear Grylls, the star of Man vs. Wild makes his way through the biome as he discoveries various characteristics of the biome.

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Benjamin H's curator insight, November 8, 2013 3:43 PM

Currency - This video was uploaded onto the Discovery Channel website on June 12, 2012. However, the episode containing this clip aired in 2008, which is still rather recent. 

Relevance - This video is revelant to the topic, as it highlights the basics of the chaparral. Although it mainly covers the Sierra Nevada chaparral, it does give information about certain species of animals and plants in the biome. 

Accuracy - Originating from a survival television series, the information needs to be accurate because it must be broadcasted to the general public. It is not extensively detailed and does not analyze the entire biome, but it does give the basics of the ecosystem and the plants and animals that can be found. 

Authority - This clip is from the show Man Vs. Wild, which is broadcasted by Discovery . Discovery/Discovery Channel is an American cable channel famous for its documentaries and televisions shows regarding nature, science, technology and history. 

Purpose - The purpose of this clip was to highlight a certain portion of the episode that provides educational and practical insight of what a chaparral is and what to expect in one. However, since it is from a TV show revolving around the survival of Bear Grylls, the purpose is not to provide an in-depth analysis. 


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Mediterranean Scrub | Biomes of the World

Mediterranean Scrub | Biomes of the World | Chaparral |

This website, written by a college professor, includes basic information about many biomes on earth.  Much detail is included such as the vegetation these biomes contain as well as the average temperatures of these locations.

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Currency - This website is updated periodically, but the most recent update was last years.  While that might be a bit outdated, it still contains reasonably current information on the basics of chaparrals.
Relevance - This specific webpage contains detailed information on the vegetation contained in various chaparrals around the world, focusing on various regions where chaparrals are prominent such as in California or Chile.
Accuracy -  The information is very accurate and detailed - including facts such as the average temperatures and typical vegetation that are traits of this biome.  It also includes more detailed analysis and information on specific chaparrals around the world in various countries in order to compare and contrast some of these chaparrals since not every single one is the same.
Authority -  This webpage was created by Dr. Susan L. Woodward.  She is the Professor of Geography Emerita within the Department of Geospatial Science at Radford University in Virginia.  Being in that position, Woodward has an extensive background in environmental science which means that not only is she a credible source, but she is also a very knowledgable source.
Purpose - The purpose of this webpage was to share knowledge on various earth biomes so that others can learn more about this topic.  This also allows one to compare the various biomes in different locations on earth in order to see that they vary across the globe.  This website is simply an informational website on biomes specifically.

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"Demographic Structure of California Chaparral in the Long-Term Absence of Fire"

"Demographic Structure of California Chaparral in the Long-Term Absence of Fire" | Chaparral |

This is a research journal written by Jon E. Keeley, a credible ecologist who wrote this article in conclusion to a previously performed observation of various chaparrals in California that have experienced different results when it comes to wildfires.  

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Currency - While the source is not incredibly current, it is still within less than a 30 year time difference as it was written in 1992.  
Relevance - This source is very relevant to the topic of a chaparral biome as it compares the demographic structure of a typical chaparral (useful for our biome project) to one that has not experienced a fire in quite some time.
Authority - This journal source was written by Jon E. Keeley who earned a Ph D in botany and ecology from the University of Georgia as well as his Masters from San Diego State University and who has much experience under his belt over his years of study.  One of his main research focuses are chaparrals making him very knowledgable about the subject.
Accuracy - Keeley includes an extensive list of references at the end of his article, showing that he does have much research involved.  Many of the sources are credible case studies and research papers from other researchers in this field.
Purpose -  The purpose of the article is clearly stated in the beginning abstract of the journal.  He describes the situation he will be investigating in the research paper as well as some of the demographic results they examined from the situation that will be looked into in the paper.

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Critics say California relies on outdated approach to fire prevention

Critics say California relies on outdated approach to fire prevention | Chaparral |

This is an article from the Los Angeles Times that looks into the matter of fire prevention, as they can be quite detrimental to this biome specifically,  in the context of chaparrals in California (one of the most common locations for this biome).

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Currency - This article was written August 30, 2013 making it quite current which is very fortunate considering the difficulty in finding usable articles for this more limited biome.
Relevance -  The article gives solid insight into the situation Californians are facing as they consider the devastating effects of wildfires, specifically on the chaparrals.  This gives insight into the state of chaparrals and the characteristics of this biome.
Accuracy - Being a news article, the information included is typically first person information given in the form of quotes from credible sources.  This means that while it can be considered accurate from most of the sources included such as scientists and firefighters, some of the sources are not so accurate such as bystanders who are simply commenting on the situation with little background knowledge in the matter.  Even so, this article is a great real life situation that is being faced currently when it comes to the state of chaparrals in California.
Authority - This article was written by a journalist for the Los Angeles Times which is a well-known and highly credible newspaper.  The sources included are also very credible and knowledgable such as fire scientists who study the effects of fire on different biomes (such as the chaparrals that are being focused on).
Purpose - The goal of this article was to explore the outdated methods of fire protection and the detrimental effects of using these older methods.  The article also focuses on the consideration of new methods to be utilized - giving information on the pros and cons to these methods in consideration of the biome it would be used on, the chaparral.

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Basic Information About Chaparrals

Basic Information About Chaparrals | Chaparral |

This credible and very informational source gives detailed insight into what exactly a chaparral is as well as various facts about the biome.

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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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