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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Krkonoše – mountains without borders

Level: intermediate B1

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Watch the video (six minutes) and then answer the following questions:

1) What three habitats ('phenomena') are mentioned in the National Park?
2) How many endemic species are there (only occurring in Krkonoše)?
3) How does the Park try to hold water in the landscape?
4) How many people visit the National Park every year?
5) Which two animal species are a 'hope for the future'?

And a bonus question:
What plant is the symbol of Krkonoše Mountains National Park? (You will have to do some extra research for this one!)

Answers below!

1) Arctic-Alpine tundra, forests, meadows
2) 30
3) With splash dams
4) 6 million
5) Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), European otter (Lutra lutra)
Bonus question: willow gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea)

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