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From the Ted Talk "Richard Preston: The mysterious lives of giant trees"

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It's absolutely heartbreaking to see. One of the things that is just — I almost can't conceive it — is the idea that the national news media hasn't picked this up at all, and this is the devastation of one of the most important ecosystems in North America. What can the Redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about human time. The flickering, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life — the necessity to love. But we're different from trees, and they can also teach us something about ourselves in the differences that we have. We are unham, and we have the apccyita to love, we have the capacity to wonder, and we have a osrt of boundless curiosity, a restless inquisitiveness that so tsisu us as primates, I think.

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It's absolutely heartbreaking to see. One of the things that is just — I almost can't conceive it — is the idea that the national news media hasn't picked this up at all, and this is the devastation of one of the most important ecosystems in North America. What can the Redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about human time. The flickering, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life — the necessity to love. But we're different from trees, and they can also _____ us something about ourselves in the differences that we have. We are _____, and we have the ________ to love, we have the capacity to wonder, and we have a ____ of boundless curiosity, a restless inquisitiveness that so _____ us as primates, I think.

Solution

  1. sort
  2. teach
  3. capacity
  4. human
  5. suits

Original Text

It's absolutely heartbreaking to see. One of the things that is just — I almost can't conceive it — is the idea that the national news media hasn't picked this up at all, and this is the devastation of one of the most important ecosystems in North America. What can the Redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about human time. The flickering, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life — the necessity to love. But we're different from trees, and they can also teach us something about ourselves in the differences that we have. We are human, and we have the capacity to love, we have the capacity to wonder, and we have a sort of boundless curiosity, a restless inquisitiveness that so suits us as primates, I think.

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redwood forest 4
north coast 4
human time 4
forest canopy 4
eastern hemlock 4
redwood trees 3
redwood tree 3
redwood time 3
national park 3
marie antoine 3
living organism 3
flying buttress 3
big redwood 3

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redwood forest canopy 3

Important Words

  1. absolutely
  2. america
  3. boundless
  4. brevity
  5. capacity
  6. conceive
  7. curiosity
  8. devastation
  9. differences
  10. ecosystems
  11. flickering
  12. heartbreaking
  13. human
  14. idea
  15. important
  16. inquisitiveness
  17. life
  18. love
  19. media
  20. national
  21. necessity
  22. news
  23. north
  24. picked
  25. primates
  26. quality
  27. redwoods
  28. restless
  29. sort
  30. suits
  31. teach
  32. time
  33. transitory
  34. trees