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From the Ted Talk by E.O. Wilson: My wish Build the Encyclopedia of Life

Unscramble the Blue Letters

My own epiphany as a conservationist came in 1953, while a Harvard graduate sutdent, searching for rare ants found in the mountain forests of Cuba, ants that shine in the slhunigtmialeltc geern or metallic blue, according to species, and one species, I discovered, metallic gold. I found my magical ants, but only after a tough climb into the mountains where the last of the native Cuban forests hung on, and were then — and still are — being cut back. I realized then that these species and a lrgae part of the other uinuqe, murolveas animals and plants on that island — and this is true of practically every part of the world — which took millions of years to evlvoe, are in the process of disappearing forever. And so it is everywhere one looks.

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My own epiphany as a conservationist came in 1953, while a Harvard graduate _______, searching for rare ants found in the mountain forests of Cuba, ants that shine in the ________________ _____ or metallic blue, according to species, and one species, I discovered, metallic gold. I found my magical ants, but only after a tough climb into the mountains where the last of the native Cuban forests hung on, and were then — and still are — being cut back. I realized then that these species and a _____ part of the other ______, _________ animals and plants on that island — and this is true of practically every part of the world — which took millions of years to ______, are in the process of disappearing forever. And so it is everywhere one looks.

Solution

  1. large
  2. evolve
  3. marvelous
  4. green
  5. unique
  6. sunlight
  7. metallic
  8. student

Original Text

My own epiphany as a conservationist came in 1953, while a Harvard graduate student, searching for rare ants found in the mountain forests of Cuba, ants that shine in the sunlight — metallic green or metallic blue, according to species, and one species, I discovered, metallic gold. I found my magical ants, but only after a tough climb into the mountains where the last of the native Cuban forests hung on, and were then — and still are — being cut back. I realized then that these species and a large part of the other unique, marvelous animals and plants on that island — and this is true of practically every part of the world — which took millions of years to evolve, are in the process of disappearing forever. And so it is everywhere one looks.

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