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"From the Ted Talk by Andrés Ruzo: The boiling river of the Amazon"

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I immediately grabbed for my thermometer, and the average temperatures in the river were 86 degrees C. This is not quite the 100-degree C boiling but definitely csole enough. The river flowed hot and fast. I followed it upriver and was led by, actually, the shaman's apprentice to the most sacred site on the river. And this is what's bizarre — It starts off as a cold stream. And here, at this site, is the home of the Yacumama, mother of the waters, a ginat speernt spirit who births hot and cold water. And here we find a hot snrpig, mniixg with cold stream wtear underneath her pietrovcte motherly jaws and thus bringing their legends to life.

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I immediately grabbed for my thermometer, and the average temperatures in the river were 86 degrees C. This is not quite the 100-degree C boiling but definitely _____ enough. The river flowed hot and fast. I followed it upriver and was led by, actually, the shaman's apprentice to the most sacred site on the river. And this is what's bizarre — It starts off as a cold stream. And here, at this site, is the home of the Yacumama, mother of the waters, a _____ _______ spirit who births hot and cold water. And here we find a hot ______, ______ with cold stream _____ underneath her __________ motherly jaws and thus bringing their legends to life.

Solution

  1. giant
  2. protective
  3. serpent
  4. spring
  5. water
  6. mixing
  7. close

Original Text

I immediately grabbed for my thermometer, and the average temperatures in the river were 86 degrees C. This is not quite the 100-degree C boiling but definitely close enough. The river flowed hot and fast. I followed it upriver and was led by, actually, the shaman's apprentice to the most sacred site on the river. And this is what's bizarre — It starts off as a cold stream. And here, at this site, is the home of the Yacumama, mother of the waters, a giant serpent spirit who births hot and cold water. And here we find a hot spring, mixing with cold stream water underneath her protective motherly jaws and thus bringing their legends to life.

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boiling river 9
hot coffee 3
extra hot 3

Important Words

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  5. boiling
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  9. degrees
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  18. jaws
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  31. spring
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  34. temperatures
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  36. upriver
  37. water
  38. waters
  39. yacumama