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From the Ted Talk by Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

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So what happened here? We created a huge economic failure in this forest. So _________ the whole process of destruction had gone a bit ______ than what is happening now with the oil palm. But we saw the same thing. We had _____ and burn agriculture; people cannot ______ the __________, so they burn the trees and have the minerals available there; the _____ become more frequent, and after a while you're stuck with an area of land where there is no fertility left. There are no trees left. Still, in this place, in this grassland where you can see our very first office there on that hill, four years later, there is this one green blop on the Earth's surface ...

Solution

  1. afford
  2. fertilizer
  3. slash
  4. fires
  5. basically
  6. slower

Original Text

So what happened here? We created a huge economic failure in this forest. So basically the whole process of destruction had gone a bit slower than what is happening now with the oil palm. But we saw the same thing. We had slash and burn agriculture; people cannot afford the fertilizer, so they burn the trees and have the minerals available there; the fires become more frequent, and after a while you're stuck with an area of land where there is no fertility left. There are no trees left. Still, in this place, in this grassland where you can see our very first office there on that hill, four years later, there is this one green blop on the Earth's surface ...

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
local people 5
sugar palms 3
organic material 2
united states 2
acacia trees 2
million hectares 2
fuel wood 2
google earth 2
tropical hardwood 2
hardwood trees 2
shade trees 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
tropical hardwood trees 2

Important Words

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  2. area
  3. basically
  4. bit
  5. blop
  6. burn
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  26. oil
  27. palm
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  30. process
  31. slash
  32. slower
  33. stuck
  34. surface
  35. trees
  36. years