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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

No Bear Wrestling!!!


Great job on your responses to Blog Challenges 1 & 2!


Check out the picture of what one of your peers thinks I will be doing up in the Great White North! While I hope to SEE a polar bear from a safe distance, there will be no wrestling matches! :)


If for some reason you were unable to respond to one of the previous blogs, you can earn replacement points by responding to this one. To earn the points you need to research and come up with two fun facts and one question for further thought on one of the following topics:


1. Polar Bears

2. Northern Lights

3. Climate Change


Make sure you put your period - name in the "Name/URL" box of your response.

28 Comments:

At February 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM , Anonymous 1- Kelli Burbridge said...

1. polar bear fun fact #1:Around the age of four or five the female polar bear can start having babies.

polar bear fun fact #2:a polar bear's fur is not white. Each hair is clear hollow tube. Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects the light.

my further question about polar bears is how do the mother polar bears survive though out the winter while caring for their young?

2. Northern Lights fun fact #1: the Northern lights colors and patterns are from the types of ions or atoms being energized as they collide with the atmosphere and are affected by lines of magnetic force.

Northern Lights fun fact #2:The earliest known account of northern lights appears to be from a Babylonian clay tablet from observations made by the official astronomers of King Nebuchadnezzar II, 568/567 BC.

Further Question about the northern lights: Can i see the Northern Lights anywhere?

3. Climate Change fun fact #1:Climate has and will always vary for natural reasons. However, human activities are increasing significantly the concentrations of some gases in the atmosphere, such as greenhouse gases (mainly CO2), which tend to warm the earth surface, and anthropogenic aerosols, which mostly tend to cool it.

Climate change fun fact #2:Man will have to adapt to and cope with the climate change consequences that are not prevented by mitigation.

Further question about CLimate Change: How could Climate Change affect us in the future?

 
At February 4, 2009 at 6:17 PM , Anonymous 4-tyler roche said...

polar bears swim in cold artic water and eat people and sea animals
northern lights can only be seen a certain time of the year and only at night
climate change is huge because it can get cold really fast or be nice and pleasent

 
At February 4, 2009 at 6:19 PM , Anonymous 4-tyler roche said...

polar bears are arctic animals and love the cold they hunt people and are very protective of their surroundings
northern lights are a glimer of rainbows that cross the sky an can only be seen at night and a certain time of year

 
At February 4, 2009 at 6:54 PM , Anonymous 4-jake joseph said...

polar bears are very territorial in there natural habitat. the northern lights are lights projected on the sky and are charged by solar particles following the magnetic lines of force. climate change is long term change in predicted weather patterns.

 
At February 4, 2009 at 7:24 PM , Anonymous 4-Alex Bunganich said...

1. Polar bears are the worlds biggest carnivores found on earth. males weigh between 800 and 1,500 punds, and the female weighs half. What is the Polar bears main meal?
2. Northern lights are also known known as Polar lights. The origin of the northern lights begins on the surface of the sun when solar activity ejects a cloud of gas.
What is the scientific name for the Northern lights?
3. Climate change: In the winter time in Antarctica, the ocean freezes to make this contenent about in size compared to the summer time.
What animal stays in antarctica throughout the whole winter?

 
At February 4, 2009 at 8:27 PM , Anonymous 3-Aaron Jones said...

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polar bears...
1)Around the age of four or five the female polar bear can start having babies.
2)Male polar bears may grow 10 feet tall and weigh over 1400 pounds. Females reach seven feet and weigh 650 pounds. In the wild polar bears live up to age 25

Question)How far can polar bears swim at one time?

answer)Polar bears have been known to swim 100 miles at a stretch.

 
At February 4, 2009 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous 4-Alana Anderson said...

Polar Bears
*60% of the polar bear population can be found in Canada.
*A single bear can consume 100 pounds of blubber at one sitting.
-How long do polar bears hibernate for?

 
At February 5, 2009 at 4:49 PM , Anonymous 4- Jennika Guerrero said...

FUN FACTS!
In order to see the beautiful Northern Lights you need three things, a clear night, gases, and solar wind. Billions of high-speed particles from the sun collide with the gases in the atmosphere and energy is transferred into light.
Lights are caused by Auroral activity, and only happens in high altitudes because of the strong magnetic fields near the poles.
many believe they make sounds such as swishing, crackling, and even voices. Some believe the lights are souls or spirits.
Best time to see the lights is in the early fall(Aug/Sep) and late winter early spring(Jan-April).
In 1621 a French scientist named Pierre Gassendi saw the lights in the north and named them after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. He added Borealis for the Roman god of the northern winds Boreas.
I hope you like my facts sorry I did more than two, i found the Northern Lights really interesting!
My question would be how long do the lights last for? I didn't find any information on that.

 
At February 5, 2009 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous 4-Ben Twilegar said...

1. Polar bear fun fact #1: Male polar bears may grow ten feet tall and weigh over 1400 pounds!
2. Polar bear fun fact #2: Despite what we think, a polar bears fur is not white. Each hair is clear hollow tube. Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects light.
3. Question: Do Polar bears have more than one mate or do they stay with one bear their entire life?

 
At February 5, 2009 at 5:59 PM , Anonymous 4-Sarah Anderson said...

POLAR BEARS:
-The scientific name for polar bears is ursus maritimus.
-They are now classified as a vulnerable species.
*What action is being taken to protect polar bears from endangerment?

NORTHERN LIGHTS:
-The scientific name for it is Aurora Borealis
-Benjamin Franklin was the first to question and study the lights.
*What causes them?

CLIMATE CHANGE:
-Climate change refers to modern climate in the enviornmental policy
-Greenhouse Gases are what's reducing the re-radiation of heat from the sun.
*What besides recycling can be done for prevention?

 
At February 5, 2009 at 7:57 PM , Anonymous 4-Kyle Milton said...

Polar bear fun fact 1)The polar bear and brown bear can breed together and have fertile offspring

Polar bear fun fact 2)There are 19 recognized subpopulations of polar bears with 5 in decline

Question:How many miles can the polar bear swim in one day?

Northern lights fun fact 1)Occur most often from September to october and march to april

Northern lights fun fact 2)Caused by solar winds being trapped inside earth's atmosphere and magnetic field.

Question:The northern lights are usually seen near or at the pole, why can they be seen in deserts some time?

Climate change fun fact 1)rise in CO2 levels are making our oceans slowly acidic because CO2 and salt water create Carbonic acid

Climate change fun fact 2)If global warming continues at the its current rate, oceans could be over a foot higher in 5 years

Question:With less ice being formed each year in the arctic, how much longer will polar bears be able survive in the arctic?

 
At February 6, 2009 at 12:19 AM , Anonymous 4-Jim Schade said...

1. Polar Bears
a) 5 of the 19 polar bear subpopulations in decline
b) The IUCN now lists global warming as the most significant threat to the polar bear

Question: How long do polar bears hibernate?


2. Northern Lights
a)typically occur in the ionosphere
b)in northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis

Question: What causes the aurora borealis?

3. Climate Change
a)The average annual temperatures are projected to rise by 3 to 7 °C
b)Precipitation is projected to increase by roughly 20%

Question: Is the drastic climate change actually caused by global warming?

 
At February 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous 3-CG Wert said...

Polar Bears
*60% of the polar bear population can be found in Canada.
*The scientific name for polar bears is ursus maritimus.

How far can the swim?

Northern lights
*Occur most often from September to october and march to april
*in northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis

How are their made?

Climate Change
*Greenhouse Gases are what's reducing the re-radiation of heat from the sun.
*If warming continues at the its current rate, oceans could be over a foot higher in 5 years

What animal stays in Antarctica throughout the whole winter?

 
At February 8, 2009 at 7:23 PM , Anonymous 1-Demi M. said...

Polar Bears:

1.The mother generally nurses her cubs for two and a half years.
2.Polar bears swim using their large front pawsto propel themselves through the water and use their back legs to steer.

What is the scientific name for a polar bear?

 
At February 8, 2009 at 8:10 PM , Anonymous 4 - Max Axline said...

1) Polar bear cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If they move, the mother disciples them, with a whack to the head.

2) Only humans prey or hunt polar bears.

Question: Why do the male polar bears leave and not stay with the female and cubs?

 
At February 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM , Anonymous 1- Michael Egan said...

1. Although polar beats are born on land, they spend most time in the sea.

2. There are nineteen discrete subpopulations of polar bears.

?. How do the stay buoyant while their weight ranges from 300 to 1,500 lbs?

~~

1. The Cree call this phenomenon "Dance of the Spirits."

2. It receives its energy from a solar wind.

?. Why doesn't a similar phenomenon occur in our southern pole?

~~

1. Sunlight intensity has affected climate change.

2. Carbon dioxide is helping raise the heat put off by Greenhouse gases.

?. Can human effort continue to decline the spread of climate change and avoid it in total?

 
At February 8, 2009 at 9:52 PM , Anonymous 3-KC Clark said...

1 Polar bears are the worlds largets predator on land.
The polar bear is the most carnivours of the bear family
How old does a polar bear live to?

2climate change is any long-term significant change in the expected patterns of average weather of a specific region
The Human popualtion is making the climate change faster from all the greenhouse gases we are releasing.
Can we stop Climate Change?

3The Nothern lights most often occurs from September to October and from March to April.
Different gases interacting with the upper atmosphere will produce different colors.
Is there any Southern Lights and if not why?

 
At February 8, 2009 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous 5- Gabryelle Allnutt said...

Fun Facts
1. Northern Lights
The way the Northern Light or aurora works is a lot like a neon sign, except that in the aurorae the conducting gas is in the ionosphere, instead of a glass tube, and the current travels along magnetic field lines instead of copper wires.
2. Northern Lights
The different colours in an aurora are depending on the distribution of different gases at different altitudes.
Q. How long do the lights last for or is it completely random each time?

 
At February 9, 2009 at 12:57 AM , Blogger 5-derekvermillion said...

1. facts:
-polar bears can swim over a 100 miles in search of food
-polar bear fur is hollow
question: what color is a polar bears skin under the fur

2. facts:
-the northen lights are caused by excepell gas from the sun skiming the amosphere of earth
- can not be captured on film
question:
what kind of gas causes them

3. Facts:
-globle warming is melting the ice caps causeing polar bears to lose their hunting grounds
_globe warming is real
Question:
-can relocating polar bears to the south pole help save their species

 
At February 9, 2009 at 6:21 PM , Anonymous 3-Courtney Howe said...

Polar Bear Fact #1: Polar bears are officially classified as endangered species.

Polar Bear Fact #2: When hibernating, polar bears dig cave-like structures in the snow.

Question: How far do polar bears travel in a day?

Northern Light Fact #1: Northern Lights are also known as, or called polar lights.

Northern Light Fact #2: Another name for northern lights, are "Auroras" which means that they are natural light displays in the sky.

Question: What time of the year does this occur?

Climate Change Fact #1: Global Warming is when there are melting glaciers which lead to sea level rise and it is occuring in present day.

Climate Change Fact #2: Deforestation is the depletion of rain forests which is due to climate change.

Question: What effects will climate change have on our future generations?

 
At February 9, 2009 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous 3-DJ Gallegos(The Man) said...

Polar Bears

Fun Fact#1: Polar bear cubs lear to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If the move, the mother disciplines them by hitting them in the head.

Fun Fact#2: Female Polar bears would rather build their dens in old snow from previous years rather than the fresh fallen snow.

Question:What is the chance of a cub surviving the winter in the wild for their first time?

Answer: There is a fifty percent chance of survival for a cub surviving their first time going through the wild. Usually if there are two cubs following their mothers one will die.

 
At February 10, 2009 at 7:06 AM , Anonymous 1 - Kayla Wood said...

1) The babies are much smaller than human babies when they're born.
2) Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects the light.
3) In some areas, such as Alaska or Greenland, Northern Lights may be visible most nights of the year.
4) Colors and patterns are from the types of ions or atoms being energized as they collide with the atmosphere and are affected by lines of magnetic force.
5) Three of the 5 warmest years occurred about 80 years ago.
6) Man will have to adapt to and cope with the climate change consequences that are not prevented by mitigation.

 
At February 10, 2009 at 7:08 AM , Anonymous 3 - Alyssa Wood said...

1) The largest polar bear ever found was a gigantic boar that was 1002kg.
2) Polar bears have four large paws, that can be 30cm (12") across.
3) The origin of the aurora begins on the surface of the sun when solar activity ejects a cloud of gas.
4) When a coronal mass ejection collides with the magnetic field, it causes complex changes to happen to the magnetic tail region.
5) Climate change is a long-term shift in the climate of a specific location, region or planet.
6) Climate change occurs when the climate of a specific area or planet is altered between
two different periods of time.

 
At February 10, 2009 at 3:56 PM , Anonymous 3-RandiFullen said...

Fact 1.The main threat to polar bears today is the loss of their icy habitat due to climate change.

Fact 2. Polar bears depend on the sea ice for hunting, breeding, and in some cases to den.

Q: Why are more studies showing stress in polar bears?
A: Due to shrinking sea ice.

 
At February 10, 2009 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous 3- Daniel Cespedes said...

Polar Bears
1. Polar bears are the worlds biggest carnivores found on earth.
2.a polar bear's fur is not white. Each hair is clear hollow tube. Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects the light.
how do they survive through the winter?
Northern Lights
1.The scientific name for it is Aurora Borealis
2.Caused by solar winds being trapped inside earth's atmosphere and magnetic field.
When is the best time to see the lights?

 
At February 11, 2009 at 8:07 PM , Anonymous 1 - Kayla Wood said...

1. Around the age of four or five the female polar bear can start having babies.
2. The scientific name for polar bears is ursus maritimus.
Question: What is the largest polar bear ever recorded?
3. Northern lights are also known known as Polar lights.
4. The origin of the northern lights begins on the surface of the sun when solar activity ejects a cloud of gas.
5. In the winter time in Antarctica, the ocean freezes to make this contenent about in size compared to the summer time.
6. Greenhouse Gases are what's reducing the re-radiation of heat from the sun.

 
At February 11, 2009 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous 2-Trey Senate said...

Polar Bear Fun Facts:

1.
This is not a fun fact, but it is a fact.
Polar bears could face extinction in the near future, whale's go hungry and seals have no where to rest, because of the warming Arctic.

2.
This is a fun fact.
Underneath the polar bear's thick coat, it's skin is black, which helps take in the sun's rays more efficiently.

3.
My question is, what is the average life span of a polar bear?

 
At February 17, 2009 at 7:28 PM , Anonymous 5 - Kelsey Davidson said...

1. Polar bear cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If they move, the mother disciplines them, with a whack to the head.

2. Polar bears swim using their large front paws to propel themselves through the water and their back legs to steer.

Question: are polar bears like penguins and only have one mate? or do they have other sets of cubs over time with other males?

 

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