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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Skiing and national parks in Kazakhstan - video lesson 13

Level: Advanced / C1

The skiing industry in Kazakhstan wants to develop in a national park, but will it cause environmental problems?
Watch this five minute BBC video 'The lungs of Almaty' and answer the following questions (they are focussed on numbers):
1) How many people live in Almaty?
2) How many world records were set at Medeo ice rink in the 1950s?
3) ''Shymbulak is located                 metres above sea level and has an annual average snowfall of                     metres.''
4) According to Mark Burnell, ski resorts in Colorado have been in operation for how many years?
5) ''The new Kok Zhailau development is projected to cost an initial               US dollars.''

Answers below!


1) 1.5 million
2) Over 47
3) ''Shymbulak is located 2260 metres above sea level and has an annual average snowfall of 1.5 metres.''
4) 20, 30, 40years
5) 450 million

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