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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Antarctica: Engine of ocean life. Video lesson 16

Level: Intermediate / B1

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Here is a short (four minute) film about Antarctica.

Watch the film and then answer the following questions:

1) Have humans ever lived in Antarctica? (video 00:17)
2) How does Dr Emily Shuckburgh describe Antarctica?
     ''It is                                               and                                              '' (00:57)
3) Does wildlife in Antarctica rely on the land or the sea for its food? (01:35)
4) Which three oceans connect around Antarctica? (02:39)
5) What does Dr M Sanjayan describe as (a) the largest mammal on the planet and (b) one of the most populous mammals on the planet (03:24)

Answers below!


1) No
2) ''It is  remote  and  inhospitable ''
3) The sea
4) The Atlantic, Pacific and Indian
5) (a) whales (b) humans

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