Friday, October 30, 2015

Journalistic Investigation Assignment

Earth’s Final Frontier: Mysteries of the Deep Sea


Citation: Mustain, Andrea. “Earth’s Final Frontier: Mysteries of the Deep Sea”. Livescience, Web. 29 September 2011.


Distillation: In the article “Earth’s Final Frontier: Mysteries of the Deep Sea” (2011), Andrea Mustain argues that the importance of the exploration of the deep sea is greatly undermined, given that there is an entire world of creatures yet to be discovered as well as environmental discoveries that are yet to be made. She supports this argument by coming back to the point that a new creature is discovered every time an underwater exploration to the deep sea is made, as well as how these unknown deep sea creatures affect the carbon cycle and how global warming affects the temperature in the deep sea. The purpose of this article is to discuss how little we know of the deep sea and to stress the importance of exploring it more. The audience for this article is anyone who is interested in the deep sea as well as scientists that could possibly take part in deep sea exploration.


Author Ethos and Credibility: Andrea Mustain wrote for Live Science from 2010-2012. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and received her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.


Objectivity and Bias: This article is objective, as Andrea Mustain also writes.


Sources and Support: All images and sources are credited accordingly.


Thesis: In the unexplored parts of our oceans (95%), hundreds of mysterious creatures exist and we have yet to discover them.


Tone: The tone of this article is very serious and also mysterious.


Opinion: As a being filled with curiosity when it comes to the remaining unreached parts of our ocean, I would be very interested in finding out what else lives there, what species exist, and what mysteries the deep sea holds.


Mystery Monsters of the Deep Dark Sea


Citation: Swancer, Brent. “Mystery Monsters of the Deep Dark Sea.” Mysterious Universe, Web. 11 August 2014.


Distillation: In the article “Mystery Monsters of the Deep Dark Sea” (2014), Brent Swancer discusses various deep sea creatures that have yet to be identified as well as supposed creatures that could be lurking in the deep dark sea in order to spark interest of the topic between scientists and ocean enthusiasts alike. He uses discoveries of monster eels, extremely large sharks, large tentacle marks too giant to be from an ordinary giant squid, and many other things. The purpose is to spark interest in the deep sea and get people to wonder what really exists down in the dark ocean. This article is directed towards scientists and everyday people alike.


Author Ethos and Credibility: Brent Swancer is an author and crypto expert that lives in Japan.


Objectivity and Bias: This article is objective.


Sources and Support: All sources are cited correctly and facts are used to support different discoveries.


Thesis: Mysterious creatures exist in the ocean and are yet to be discovered.


Tone: Serious and mysterious.


Opinion: I’m interested in the deep creatures yet to be discovered and hope they are discovered in the near future. It is very interesting that we are exploring outer space when we have only explored 5% of our oceans here on Earth.


Are There Still Undiscovered Sea Monsters?


Citation: Nolan, Hamilton. “Are There Still Undiscovered Sea Monsters?”. Gawker, Web. 17 January 2014.


Distillation: In the article “Are There Still Undiscovered Sea Monsters?” (2014), Hamilton Nolan interviews people such as Stephen Palumbi (professor of marine sciences), Paul Yancey (professor of deep sea biology), and others, and they claim that there could indeed be very large animals still yet to be discovered in the deep ocean. They support their claims by giving examples of recently found species living in the deep ocean, such as the megamouth shark, the giant squid, the oarfish, and different species of jellyfish and squid. The point of this article is for the scientists being interviewed to give their professional opinions as to whether large deep sea creatures could still exist in the deep ocean. This article is directed towards those that are interested in the deep sea as well as those looking for an expert opinion.


Author Ethos and Credibility: Hamilton Nolan has worked as a staff writer for Gawker since 2008.


Objectivity and Bias: This article is objective.


Sources and Support: All sources are cited and some examples are linked.


Thesis: If species of large animals are still being discovered in the deep ocean, monstrous sized animals can also remain undiscovered.


Tone: The tone of this article is serious and also interesting.


Opinion: I also believe there can be “sea monsters” living in the deep ocean. We have only explored 5% of the ocean, which leaves a lot of room for these species to be hiding from us.

Mysteries of the Oceans Remain Vast and Deep


Citation: Mustain, Andrea. “Mysteries of the Oceans Remain Vast and Deep”. Livescience, Web. 8 June 2011.


Distillation: In the article “Mysteries of the Oceans Remain Vast and Deep” (2011), Andrea Mustain claims that there are many mysterious deep sea creatures that have yet to be discovered due to the extreme depths of our ocean. She supports these claims by bringing up the discovery of the Bigfin Squid, a large deep sea squid recently discovered that could be about 26 feet in total length. The purpose of this article is to make readers more interested about the mysteries that lie in the deep ocean. This article is directed towards those studying the deep sea as well as anyone that wishes to learn more about it.


Author Ethos and Credibility: Andrea Mustain wrote for Live Science from 2010-2012. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and received her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.


Objectivity and Bias: This article is objective.


Sources and Support: The article’s sources are cited correctly,


Thesis: Since we have only explored 5% of our ocean, many mysterious creatures still exist without our knowledge as to what they are.
Tone: The tone of this article is serious and mysterious.


Opinion: I am personally very interested in the mysterious creatures that urk in the deep sea that have yet to be discovered and I hope we discover many more creatures in the near future.


World’s Oceans Remain Largely Mysterious


Citation: Israel, Brett. “World’s Oceans Remain Largely Mysterious”. Livescience, Web. 7 June 2010.


Distillation: In the article “World’s Oceans Remain Largely Mysterious” (2010), Brett Israel believes we are underestimating the importance of exploring our deep oceans and that more should be done to get more information, regardless of difficulties due to such high pressures. He backs up his beliefs by stating that we know more about the moon than we do about the deep oceans here on Earth, and that only 5% of our oceans have been explored, which is a very staggering amount of unexplored ocean. He mentions new findings such as brine pools, underwater waterfalls much longer than Angel Falls, underwater volcanic eruptions, and various new species that have been discovered in our deep oceans. The point of this article is to emphasize the need to explore our oceans. This article is directed to deep sea specialists as well as anyone that may have an interest in the deep sea.


Author Ethos and Credibility: Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science that focused on issues with the environment. He received a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and a master’s degree in journalism.


Objectivity and Bias: This article is objective.


Sources and Support: All sources used are cited correctly and pictures are cited.


Thesis: More men have walked on the moon than have been to the deep ocean, which poses the problem that we are exploring space without knowing more about our own planet’s oceans.


Tone: The tone of this article is serious.

Opinion: I also believe that the amount we are spending on space research should be funded into exploring our oceans because we should know more about our own planet before exploring others. Knowing more about the deep sea may even help with understanding things on our planet that have alluded us and may help in our exploration of other planets.

Conclusion:

The five articles I read have told me a lot about the deep sea and why so little of it has been explored. I have learned about numerous different new species living in the deep sea that I did not know about, like the oarfish and the bigfin squid (which I personally believe is the scariest squid I've ever laid my eyes on), Eel larvae that would grow to be an estimated 70 feet long, giant mysterious sharks, new species of jellyfish, and various other things. I also learned about "The Bloop", which scientists believe to be an iceberg breaking but could be an animal of substantial size as well. I learned about astonishing deep sea formations such as brine pools, which are bodies of water located in the deep sea that are saltier than the regular waters, creating the separate body of water, underwater volcanoes, waterfalls, and many others. I learned that the Mariana Trench is so deep that if you put Mt. Everest at the bottom of the trench it would still be submerged for another 7,000 feet. I believe we should invest more time and effort into exploring the deep sea because there is a whole different world of mysteries down there that have yet to be discovered.

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