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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Leane: The dangerous race for the South Pole

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Open Cloze

In the spring of 1911, after waiting out the long _____ night, both parties began the journey south. Scott’s team traveled over the Beardmore _______, following the path of Ernest Shackleton's earlier attempt to _____ the pole. But although this course had been __________, it ______ slow and laborious. Meanwhile, despite an initial false start, Amundsen’s five-man team made good time using a previously uncharted route through the same ______________ Mountains. They stayed ahead of Scott’s team, and on December 14, arrived first at their desolate destination.

Solution

  1. proved
  2. glacier
  3. polar
  4. reach
  5. documented
  6. transantarctic

Original Text

In the spring of 1911, after waiting out the long polar night, both parties began the journey south. Scott’s team traveled over the Beardmore Glacier, following the path of Ernest Shackleton's earlier attempt to reach the pole. But although this course had been documented, it proved slow and laborious. Meanwhile, despite an initial false start, Amundsen’s five-man team made good time using a previously uncharted route through the same Transantarctic Mountains. They stayed ahead of Scott’s team, and on December 14, arrived first at their desolate destination.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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south pole 2

Important Words

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  2. attempt
  3. beardmore
  4. began
  5. december
  6. desolate
  7. destination
  8. documented
  9. earlier
  10. ernest
  11. false
  12. glacier
  13. good
  14. initial
  15. journey
  16. laborious
  17. long
  18. mountains
  19. night
  20. parties
  21. path
  22. polar
  23. pole
  24. previously
  25. proved
  26. reach
  27. route
  28. slow
  29. south
  30. spring
  31. start
  32. stayed
  33. team
  34. time
  35. transantarctic
  36. traveled
  37. uncharted
  38. waiting