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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sea otters: Saving kelp forests and our climate

Level: Intermediate / B1

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Here is a great video (four minutes long) from the BBCs Power of Nature series about sea otters and the kelp forests.

Watch the video and then answer the following questions:
1) Where are the kelp forests in this video?
2) Where do the otters sleep?
3) How do kelp forests help us? (three reasons)
4) Which creature makes up the 'hungry army'?
5) How much the carbon storage 'service' of the kelp forest worth in monetary terms?

Answers below!


1) North Pacific
2) In the kelp forest
3) they a) provide a habitat for fish, b) protect the coat against storms and cyclones, c) absorb carbon
4) Sea urchins
5) 200-400 million dollars per annum

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