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dateline: 19 April 2017

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Coral Reef Bleaching Alarms Scientists

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • coral: thousands of polyps that create a stony skeleton and form reefs in warm waters
  • aerial: from above in the air
  • devastating: very harmful
  • consecutive: one right after another
  • bleaching: becoming white
  • alarm: to cause to become very worried
  • recover: to get better

Coral Reef Bleaching Alarms Scientists

An aerial survey of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has revealed coral bleaching for a second year in a row. The bleaching is a result of temperatures caused by . The back-to-back bleaching events have affected 1,500 kilometres, or two-thirds, of the reef. The results of the alarmed scientists and water quality experts. Some fear that the damaged coral will not be able to survive. Previous mass events took place ten years apart, giving the reef time to recover.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did the aerial survey reveal?
  2. Why does the report mention global warming?
  3. Why are scientists so worried?

Discussion Questions: Do you think that humans have the ability to both destroy and save the Great Barrier Reef? What needs to be done?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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