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"From the Ted Talk by Iwan Baan: Ingenious homes in unexpected places"

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Let's move across the map to cihna, to an area claled Shanxi, Henan and Gansu. In a regoin famous for the soft, puoors Loess Plateau soil, there leivd until recently an estimated 40 million ppeloe in these houses udgournernd. These dwellings are called the yaodongs. Through this architecture by subtraction, these yaodongs are built literally inside of the soil. In these villages, you see an entirely altered landscape, and hidden behind these mounds of dirt are these square, rectangular houses which sit seven meters below the ground. When I asked people why they were digging their houses from the ground, they spmily replied that they are poor wheat and apple farmers who didn't have the money to buy materials, and this dnigigg out was their most logical form of living.

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Let's move across the map to _____, to an area ______ Shanxi, Henan and Gansu. In a ______ famous for the soft, ______ Loess Plateau soil, there _____ until recently an estimated 40 million ______ in these houses ___________. These dwellings are called the yaodongs. Through this architecture by subtraction, these yaodongs are built literally inside of the soil. In these villages, you see an entirely altered landscape, and hidden behind these mounds of dirt are these square, rectangular houses which sit seven meters below the ground. When I asked people why they were digging their houses from the ground, they ______ replied that they are poor wheat and apple farmers who didn't have the money to buy materials, and this _______ out was their most logical form of living.

Solution

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  2. porous
  3. simply
  4. china
  5. people
  6. digging
  7. called
  8. lived
  9. underground

Original Text

Let's move across the map to China, to an area called Shanxi, Henan and Gansu. In a region famous for the soft, porous Loess Plateau soil, there lived until recently an estimated 40 million people in these houses underground. These dwellings are called the yaodongs. Through this architecture by subtraction, these yaodongs are built literally inside of the soil. In these villages, you see an entirely altered landscape, and hidden behind these mounds of dirt are these square, rectangular houses which sit seven meters below the ground. When I asked people why they were digging their houses from the ground, they simply replied that they are poor wheat and apple farmers who didn't have the money to buy materials, and this digging out was their most logical form of living.

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