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dateline: 16 November 2016

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Dead Sea Swim Raises Environmental Awareness

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • degradation: the wearing down of the land or environment
  • shrink: to reduce in size
  • astounding: surprising
  • tough: difficult
  • snorkel: a tube to breathe through underwater
  • lethal: deadly
  • ingest: to take into the body

Dead Sea Swim Raises Environmental Awareness

25 swimmers from around the world took part in the first ever Dead Sea swim to raise about the environmental degradation of the historic lake. It took the swimmers approximately 7 hours to cross the 17 from Jordan to . Located over 400 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth and is shrinking at an astounding rate. In the past , the water level on the northern side has dropped as much as 25 metres. The swimmers, who described the swim as very tough, wore face masks and snorkels to protect themselves from the water which can be lethal to ingest.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where were the swimmers from?
  2. What was the purpose of the swim?
  3. Why did the swimmers wear face masks?

Discussion Questions: What is your greatest environmental concern? Would you be willing to do something challenging to raise awareness about this issue?

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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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