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Life in Greenland's polar desert

Life in Greenland's polar desert | Cold Desert | Scoop.it
Stephen Pax Leonard spent the last year studying the language of the Arctic Inugguit. He was ready for the months of darkness, brutal cold and finally the all-day light. What he didn't anticipate was his creeping horror at the way the rest of us live
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Currency: October 29, 2011, so it was posted pretty current within the past three years and talks about an event that took a year and started in 2010. It quickly relays personal information based off a year-long study.

Relevance: It is a personal column about the characteristics about one of the cold desert biomes around the world. The article is meant for academic readers of the Guardians making it age appropriate to read. 

Author: Stephen Paz Leonard a professional who was sent to study language in the Artic by the British Academy, so his experience in this desert is very real and descriptively personal of what it is like to live in this biome.  

Accuracy: This article was published on The Guardian one of the most popular british news sites. Many people have reviewed it and it is based of personal evidence from a trip funded by the British Academy. Leonard has photos of his experiences in the article and his descriptions match other resources. 

Purpose: To provide a personal view of life in the Greenland Arctic Desert to inform and entertain readers. 

Why I chose it: I chose this article because it describes the Greenland desert and comes from a reputable source; The Gaurdian. It also touches on animal life, an important aspect of the biome chart. 

 

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Antarctica News Article

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Currency: Septermber 2013, not updated, current on topic and has a functional link

Relevance: It is related to the cold desert it is written for avid readers about the Antarctica and is appropriate and well written. It always has information on cold desert conditions.

Authority: It is written by Freddie Wilkinson and it is his first time writing for national geographic. He is qualified due to his experience in Antarctica 

Accuracy: The information is from an actual experience in Antarctica and it is supported by evidence. The article is also reviewed by National Geographic and there are no spelling or grammar error aiding in its accuracy.

Purpose: The purpose of the article is to explain the conditions of the cold desert in Antarctica. It has a clear purpose, is an opinion of experience and a clear point of view. It has some personal bias given in is a personal account, however that person is just stating what happened while they were there.

Why I chose it:  I chose this article because it is from a reputable source; National Geographic and offers relevant facts about a cold desert based off a personal account from someone who was actually at one. 

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Polar desert

Polar desert | Cold Desert | Scoop.it
A polar desert is a biome with precipitation below 250 millimeters per annum and a mean temperature during the warmest month of less than 10 degrees Celsius.
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Currency: June 15, 2013, so it is pretty current and portrays facts that other resources have from different points of time. 

Relevance: This encyclopedia page lists the basic characteristics of a cold desert. It's target audience is the members of the scientific community and those seeking basic knowledge about the polar desert so it makes in relevant in that it offers these facts for readers with a higher reading level. 

Author: C. Hogan a writer for the encyclopedia of earth

Accuracy: This webpage is apart of an encyclopedia and cites sources such as Cambridge university for its reference making it credible. Also the source cites items similar to what other sources we have did. 

Purpose: to provide an informative webpage on the basics of a polar desert. 

Why I chose this: This webpage provides the basic facts on a polar desert. It gives a generic overview and covers several properties of it and comes from a reliable source which cites Cambridge University for reference. I felt like this was a great post to have for others to fill out their biome charts with. 

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Case study on the human effects on the Anartic Desert. - PubMed - NCBI

J Environ Manage. 2012 Dec 15;112:415-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.08.008. Epub 2012 Sep 21. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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Currency: It was published on Dec. 15, 2012, so only two years ago. This makes it very current, especially since case studies take time to conduct  

Relevance: This study reveals the human effects on a cold desert and its soil contents and it's target audience is members of the science community meaning it is an appropriate source to gather information from

Author: O'Neill TA1, Balks MR, López-Martínez J, McWhirter JL. from Landscare Research in New Zealand so it is credible in that the research comes from professional scientists. 

Accuracy: the case study was published on the US national institute of Library Medicine website so it had to be accurate given the credibility of the site it is published on, also it is an analysis of a study that lasted decades long in Antarctica.

Purpose: To inform members of the science community about the human effects on cold desert soil, it provides an unbiased presentation of an informational study.  

Why I chose it: I like that this case study comes from the US national institute of library medicine make it a very trusted source. Also the authors, and contact information about them is posted with the article. I trusted this source and it summarized its case study which made it very easy to understand the results of it and from that determine characteristics of a cold desert.

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Case Study in the Antarctica Cold Desert and the effects of Global Warming From 19:49-31:52

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Currency: The video was posted on April 19, 2013 and is based off a case study that started in the 1990s and ended in the mid 2000's, so it is very current, event the study it was based off of.  

Relevance: This video explains the type of microorganisms within the one of the largest cold desert's soil, the climate of it, and the effect of global warming and pollution on this type of biome and therefore implying it's limiting factors and importance to humans, the audience for this speech was the members of the American Association for the Advancement of science so it is at a very professional and scientific level of understanding. 

Author: Diana H. Wall, PhD, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Biology at Colorado State University, she studied the Antarctic Desert making her very reliable 

Accuracy: Diana H. Wall is the keynote speaker for the 2013 Tyler Prize for the American Association for the Advancement  of Science so there are many there to review her work and it is also based off a CSU supported case study 

Purpose: The purpose of the speech is to inform American Association for the Advancement of Science about the effects of global warming on Cold Deserts, it impart is meant to persuade people to take action but also act as an engaging presentation for a the Tyler Award ceremony

Why I chose it: I chose this video because of its level of credibility and prestige. It also in ten minutes summarizes a long case study and touches on the human impacts on cold desert soil, which I believe is something valuable to touch on. 

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Journal on Soil Characteristics of Antarctic Desert

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C Currency: When was information published? May 1, 2003 When was information revised? May 1, 2003 Is the information out-of-date? Some of it may be due to the information being published in 2003, but most of it should be accurate. R Relevance: Who is the intended audience Anyone looking to be informed on the properties of the cold desert, students. How much information is presented? A lot of information is presented in the article, there are all types of information on the different properties of the biome. Is the information detailed? Superficial? The information is very detailed, all the information is very in depth and statistics present as well. Is the information related to the topic? Yes, the information is related to the topic. What is the intended readership level? Primarily high school or college level students, or even higher. A Authority: Is the information scholarly? Yes the information is scholarly, the data includes stats and in depth detail of the properties. Who are the authors? Editors? What are their credentials? I.B.Campbell. Australian Journal of Soil Research. Journal articles - Are they peer-reviewed, having the approval of other experts? Many reliable sources are used. Books? Published as scholarly, popular, self-published? It is a self-published journal intended to be scholarly. A Accuracy: Does the source match the topic? Yes, the information presented in the article is correspondent to that of the topic. Is there a bibliography or works cited page? At the bottom of the article, all the sources and references used are listed. What are the types of sources to denote depth of author’s knowledge. Information from different educational programs and universities. Can you verify the information claims in other sources? The sources used are accurately referenced. P Purpose: Is the purpose of the article stated? The purpose of the article is the inform people of the unique environment of the cold desert. Is there a bias? There is no bias, all the information presented is given from a non-bias point of view, mainly facts are given. How would the bias influence the information? The bias would not influence the information, the information is mainly facts. Comment: I chose this resource because of how in depth the information is, and how many facts and stats are included in the article. The different properties of the biome are explained in detail and there are many sources used to back up the information.

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Life in Greenland's polar desert

Life in Greenland's polar desert | Cold Desert | Scoop.it
Stephen Pax Leonard spent the last year studying the language of the Arctic Inugguit. He was ready for the months of darkness, brutal cold and finally the all-day light. What he didn't anticipate was his creeping horror at the way the rest of us live
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Currency: October 29, 2011, so it was posted pretty current within the past three years and talks about an event that took a year and started in 2010. It quickly relays personal information based off a year-long study.

Relevance: It is a personal column about the characteristics about one of the cold desert biomes around the world. The article is meant for academic readers of the Guardians making it age appropriate to read. 

Author: Stephen Paz Leonard a professional who was sent to study language in the Artic by the British Academy, so his experience in this desert is very real and descriptively personal of what it is like to live in this biome.  

Accuracy: This article was published on The Guardian one of the most popular british news sites. Many people have reviewed it and it is based of personal evidence from a trip funded by the British Academy. Leonard has photos of his experiences in the article and his descriptions match other resources. 

Purpose: To provide a personal view of life in the Greenland Arctic Desert to inform and entertain readers. 

Why I chose it: I chose this article because it describes the Greenland desert and comes from a reputable source; The Gaurdian. It also touches on animal life, an important aspect of the biome chart. 

 

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Antarctica - National Geographic Traveler - YouTube

It's the coldest, largest desert of the world, but in growing numbers, tourists are making their way to Antarctica.

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Currency: January 2, 2010, this video was filmed just about four years ago which is current and captures a difficult subject to feature that takes time to film; a cold desert

Relevance: This article describes the features and characteristics of one of the largest cold deserts, Anartica and is meant for adult viewers of national geographic making it age appropriate.

Author: National Geographic Traveler, which is a reliable and popular source 

Accuracy: This video was viewed by over 30,000 people and was produced by a highly recognized organization. It also includes factual information about the cold desert and concurs with other resources. 

Purpose: To inform viewers about the Anartica, and provide an unbiased and general overview of the continent and cold desert. 

Why I chose it: I chose this source because it came from National geographic and provided a simpler but factual explanation of the basics of the Antarctic Cold desert. 

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University of California Museum of Paleontology web page of the desert Biome

University of California Museum of  Paleontology web page of the desert Biome | Cold Desert | Scoop.it

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Currency: 2004, although this web page was published a few years ago, it still comes from a university source and mentions typical trends that would take decades to measure, it's information also concurs with other sources we used making it more reliable

Relevance: Describes the basic characteristics of a cold desert biome and its target audience is academic readers looking for a general overview of cold deserts which is what we were looking for

Author: members of the California Academy of Sciences, a prestigious group of professionals 

Accuracy: This is a website dedicated to online exhibits of the California Museum of Paleontology  that retrieved it's information from the California Academy of Sciences, because of this it has to be reliable because it is reviewed by so many and its information coincides with other facts we found about the cold desert biome

Purpose: to produce a collection of information for a website on different biomes, making it an unbiased source 

Why I chose it: I chose this source because of the credible background it comes from and because it gives a perfect summary of a cold desert biome. It is one of the few to give the fact straight forward and concisely. 

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