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Science in Context - Document

Science in Context - Document | Coral Reef | Scoop.it
Science in Context
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C- The information is relevant because it was updated as of October 14, 2014. Coral reefs are continuously changing due to human interactions and influences, therefore old information is most likely not applicable in this case.

R- The audience is basically anyone who is curious about the topic of coral reefs. The information is comprehensive.
A- The article is from the Environmental Encyclopedia which is a broad interface of environmental topics.
A- The information seems reliable and accurate.
P- The article's purpose is to tell with important and informative facts about coral reefs.

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Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification

Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification | Coral Reef | Scoop.it
A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations. These results suggest that Caribbean gorgonian corals may be more resilient to the ocean acidification levels projected by the end of the 21st century than previously thought.
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Currency - This article was published on December 8th, 2014, meaning it is an extremely recent discovery. It targets 21st century theories about the resiliency of Caribbean gorgonian corals to ocean acidification levels.

Relevance - The news article is relevant because it gives insight on the tropical shallow-water soft corals, also known as gorgonians. These are found in the Bahamas, Bermuda, South Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and various other regions of the world and are an important feature of the world’s landscape.

Authority - The article was sourced by University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, renowned for its extensive ocean sciences programs.

Accuracy - The article seems to have accurate information, as almost all of it is courtesy of the University of Miami. The other source referenced is Responses of the tropical gorgonian coral Eunicea fusca to ocean acidification conditions, a research paper. Both sources are credible and reputed sources.

Purpose - The purpose of this news article is to give readers a different and contrasting perspective on the tolerance of gorgonians to acidification level fluctuations. By thoroughly detailing an experiment to look into said matter, the article serves as an informative new discovery that shows that gorgonians have more tolerance to ocean acidity changes than expected, and also more tolerance to ocean acidity than other reef-dwelling species themselves.


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The struggle to save the Caribbean's huge barrier reef

The struggle to save the Caribbean's huge barrier reef | Coral Reef | Scoop.it
The Mesoamerican Reef is a wildlife haven threatened by tourism and overfishing, but it could be saved
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C- The current event was wrote as of 2014, therefore it is a recent matter.

R- The information is not at an advanced level, however it is very informative in that it is about a concerning matter. It is not too-elementary either.

A- The topic discussed in the current event, is accurate and relevant because it has been surfacing the internet quite a lot. The information is giving by BBC Earth, which specialize in finding out information specific to environmental issues.

A- Like stated before, the information is correct because it has shown up many other times as well, therefore being relevant.

P- The purpose of the article was to evoke a sense of concern in the audience and public that is alarming. There needs to be something done about this because human interactions are conflicting with the natural processes of coral reefs across the globe.

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Science in Context - Document

Science in Context - Document | Coral Reef | Scoop.it
Science in Context
Shivani Patel's insight:

C- The information is relevant because it was updated as of October 14, 2014. Coral reefs are continuously changing due to human interactions and influences, therefore old information is most likely not applicable in this case.

R- The audience is basically anyone who is curious about the topic of coral reefs. The information is comprehensive.
A- The article is from the Environmental Encyclopedia which is a broad interface of environmental topics.
A- The information seems reliable and accurate.
P- The article's purpose is to tell with important and informative facts about coral reefs.

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Coral reefs modify their seawater carbon chemistry – case study from a barrier reef (Moorea, French Polynesia) - Kleypas - 2011 - Global Change Biology - Wiley Online Library

Coral reefs modify their seawater carbon chemistry – case study from a barrier reef (Moorea, French Polynesia) - Kleypas - 2011 - Global Change Biology - Wiley Online Library | Coral Reef | Scoop.it
Shivani Patel's insight:

Currency - This case study was published in 2011. The case study is current because on top of being recently published, it talks about issues that have only recently beeby the scientific greatly acknowledged by the scientific community - calcification of reef communities, ocean acidification, etc.

Relevance - The case study is geared towards individuals who have some previous knowledge on coral reefs, and want to know more about its chemical composition and the reasons there are fluctuations in the ocean’s contents. The case study is relevant because after gaining knowledge about the coral reef biome in general, this study can inform students further.

Authority - The case study was composed by Joan A. Kleypas, Kenneth R. N. Anthony, and Jean-Pierre Gattuso from the Climate and Global Dynamics an Integrated Science Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Old Australia, and the Laboratoire d’Oceanographie de Villefranche in Cedex, France, respectively.

Accuracy - The case study seems very accurate and well-thought out. It consists of informational statistics, research findings and diagrams, graphs, and informational images.

Purpose - The purpose of this case study is to enlighten readers about the levels of carbonate chemistry in our coral reefs, and how these amounts have fluctuated in the past decades. It talks about the two primary reasons for these changes in carbonate chemistry levels: “concentrations of CO2 in the atmospheric and source water”, and secondly, “the primary production/respiration and calcification/dissolution of the benthic community”.


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Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are the foundation of many marine ecosystems—and they are in danger.
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C-The video is not as current, however it does give basic/reliable information about coral reefs.

R- The intended audience would be curious television viewers. The information is reliable and informative.

A- National Geographic directed, filmed, and produced the video, therefore it is valid information.

A- The information is correct, educational, and informative about coral reefs and their details.

P- The purpose of the video is to educate learners about important information about coral reefs and their impact on the environment.

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