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From the Ted Talk "Keith Eggener: The fascinating history of cemeteries"

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By the late 19th century, as more public parks and botanical gardens appeared, cemeteries _____ to ____ visitors. Today, many old cemeteries are lonely places. Some are luring visitors back with _____, concerts, and other attractions. But even as we ______ old cemeteries, we’re __________ the future of ______. ______ like London, New ____, and Hong Kong are running out of burial space. Even in places where space isn’t so _____, cemeteries permanently occupy land that can’t be otherwise cultivated or developed. Traditional burial consumes materials like metal, stone, and concrete, and can pollute soil and groundwater with toxic chemicals. With increasing awareness of the environmental costs, people are seeking alternatives. Many are turning to cremation and related practices. Along with these more conventional practices, ______ can now have their remains shot into _____, used to fertilize a tree, or made into jewelry, fireworks, and even tattoo ink.

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  11. cities

Original Text

By the late 19th century, as more public parks and botanical gardens appeared, cemeteries began to lose visitors. Today, many old cemeteries are lonely places. Some are luring visitors back with tours, concerts, and other attractions. But even as we revive old cemeteries, we’re rethinking the future of burial. Cities like London, New York, and Hong Kong are running out of burial space. Even in places where space isn’t so tight, cemeteries permanently occupy land that can’t be otherwise cultivated or developed. Traditional burial consumes materials like metal, stone, and concrete, and can pollute soil and groundwater with toxic chemicals. With increasing awareness of the environmental costs, people are seeking alternatives. Many are turning to cremation and related practices. Along with these more conventional practices, people can now have their remains shot into space, used to fertilize a tree, or made into jewelry, fireworks, and even tattoo ink.

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