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From the Ted Talk by Enric Sala: Glimpses of a pristine ocean

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ES: Well, imniage that you have two gears of a watch, a big one and a small one. The big one is mvinog very slowly, and the small one is moving fast. That's blscaaliy it. The animals at the lower parts of the food chain, they reproduce very fast; they grow really fast; they produce millions of eggs. Up there, you have sharks and lagre fish that live 25, 30 yares. They reproduce very slowly; they have a slow metabolism; and, basically, they just maintain their biomass. So, basically, the production surlpus of these guys down there is enough to maintain this biomass that is not moving. They are like capacitors of the system.

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ES: Well, _______ that you have two gears of a watch, a big one and a small one. The big one is ______ very slowly, and the small one is moving fast. That's _________ it. The animals at the lower parts of the food chain, they reproduce very fast; they grow really fast; they produce millions of eggs. Up there, you have sharks and _____ fish that live 25, 30 _____. They reproduce very slowly; they have a slow metabolism; and, basically, they just maintain their biomass. So, basically, the production _______ of these guys down there is enough to maintain this biomass that is not moving. They are like capacitors of the system.

Solution

  1. large
  2. basically
  3. years
  4. surplus
  5. moving
  6. imagine

Original Text

ES: Well, imagine that you have two gears of a watch, a big one and a small one. The big one is moving very slowly, and the small one is moving fast. That's basically it. The animals at the lower parts of the food chain, they reproduce very fast; they grow really fast; they produce millions of eggs. Up there, you have sharks and large fish that live 25, 30 years. They reproduce very slowly; they have a slow metabolism; and, basically, they just maintain their biomass. So, basically, the production surplus of these guys down there is enough to maintain this biomass that is not moving. They are like capacitors of the system.

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