I'm sharing the following because I believe it is an example of scientific inquiry and learning at it's best. A genuine good faith effort, led by curiosity and a desire to understand by gathering as much information as possible, digesting it and then presenting a rational narrative of the full spectrum of information at hand. Something I find too rate, when it comes to the internet dialogue.
It was certainly a refreshing change from Jim Steele's manipulations which I'd been wrestling with - in fact, I stumbled on this paper researching Jim's questionable claims regarding the situation in the Arctic, the juxtaposition between this learning effort and that man's manipulative wordsmithing was quite illuminating and knew that I wanted to reprint it whole.
I contacted the folks at Soldotna High School, NOSB reps, and Kenai Board of Education and have been given kind permission to reprint the full report. Researched and produced by a team of five very smart Soldotna High School students.
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