Tag: environment

The Biggest Cave in The World

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the largest in the world and has its own underground river and jungle. It was discovered in 1991 by a farmer. There are no signs that anyone has ever lived in this cave or knew about it before this date. Son Doong means “Mountain River Cave” in Vietnamese. The cave not only contains a river, it also has its own jungle and the largest stalagmites in the world (up to 70m tall). In 2013 the first tourists entered the cave. A guided tour of the cave costs $3,000 per person. Photos from: LaVozDelMuro.net Check out Leeann’s website for an interactive quiz and discussion questions about this...

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Peanut the Turtle: The Full Story

This is Peanut the turtle.   When she was a baby, she crawled into this plastic ring used to hold beer cans together (a six pack of beer). She could not escape and so her body grew around the plastic. This is why she was given the name ‘Peanut’. Although Peanut survived and grew, some of her organs did not develop properly. She had the plastic around her for four years. She was found in 1993 and was taken to a vet. The vet removed the plastic. She now lives a happy life in the Missouri Department of Conservation in the USA.   Story and photos: Inhabitat Vocabulary: to crawl (v), a six-pack (n), ring (n), organs (n),properly (adv), vet (n). Discussion questions: 1) Do you recycle? What materials do you recycle? How often? 2) Do you do anything to help the environment or animals? 3) What can governments do to protect animals? 4) Should people be be punished for leaving litter? What should the punishment be? 5) Should people be punished for harming the environment or harming animals? 6) What can we do to protect animals like...

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100 whales die in New Zealand

More than 100 whales have died on a beach on the south island of New Zealand. They have “beached” themselves; swam into very shallow water and have been unable to move. There are currently 90 more whales in this situation and volunteers are attempting to help them into deeper water. The volunteers are trying to keep the whales comfortable by pouring water over them, and when there is a high tide, they will try to push them into deeper water. The water around this area is very shallow and this seems to confuse the whales. Even when the volunteers direct the whales into deeper water, sometimes they turn around and swim back to the beach, confused. Once they are stranded on the beach they can die of dehydration and sunburn. Scientists do not know why whales beach themselves like this. Although this has happened before in New Zealand, this is the biggest incident in 15 years.   Vocabulary: to beach (v), shallow (adj), deep (adj), to pour (v), high tide (n), to turn around (phrasal verb), stranded...

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Tiger population increases 30% in India

Vocabulary: to rise (v), to increase (v), to donate (v), elsewhere (adv). India is home to 70% of the world’s tigers. The population of tigers in India has risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014: this is an increase of 30%. The number of tigers in other countries, however, is falling. India has said that it is willing to donate some tiger cubs to other countries to help them with conservation projects and to further increase tiger numbers elsewhere. Photo from:...

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