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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 9 September 2019

A (virtual) dive into the River Thames

Level: intermediate B1

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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has produced a virtual reality dive into the River Thames in London.

Watch this video (two minutes) about it and then answer the following questions:

1) What do most people assume about the Thames when they see it?
2) How long has the ZSL been working on the Thames?
3) When was the Thames declared biologically dead?
4) How many species of fish are there now?
5) What three top predators does Anna Cucknell mention?

And a bonus question:
How long it the River Thames? (You will have to do some extra research for this one!)

Answers below!

1) They assume it is dirty and dead
2) 15 years
3) 1959
4) 120
5) seals, harbour porpoises, sharks

Bonus question:
215 miles / 346 km

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