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From the Ted Talk by Nancy Rabalais: The "dead zone" of the Gulf of Mexico

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As a scientist, I have access to high-tech enepmuiqt that we can put over the side of the research vessel, and it meraseus oxygen and many more things. We sartt at the Mississippi River, we crisscross the Gulf of micexo all the way to Texas, and even I sneak into Texas every now and then and test their waters. And you can tell by the bottom oxygen — you can draw a map of everything that's less than two, which is the magic number for when the fish start to leave the area. I also dive in this dead zone. We have oxygen meters that we have to dopley offshore that tell us continuous measurements of low oeygxn or high oxygen. And when you get into the water, there's a lot of fish. Tons of fish, all kinds of fish, including my bdduy here, the barracuda that I saw one day. Everybody else swam this way and I went this way with my camera.

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As a scientist, I have access to high-tech _________ that we can put over the side of the research vessel, and it ________ oxygen and many more things. We _____ at the Mississippi River, we crisscross the Gulf of ______ all the way to Texas, and even I sneak into Texas every now and then and test their waters. And you can tell by the bottom oxygen — you can draw a map of everything that's less than two, which is the magic number for when the fish start to leave the area. I also dive in this dead zone. We have oxygen meters that we have to ______ offshore that tell us continuous measurements of low ______ or high oxygen. And when you get into the water, there's a lot of fish. Tons of fish, all kinds of fish, including my _____ here, the barracuda that I saw one day. Everybody else swam this way and I went this way with my camera.

Solution

  1. buddy
  2. equipment
  3. deploy
  4. mexico
  5. oxygen
  6. start
  7. measures

Original Text

As a scientist, I have access to high-tech equipment that we can put over the side of the research vessel, and it measures oxygen and many more things. We start at the Mississippi River, we crisscross the Gulf of Mexico all the way to Texas, and even I sneak into Texas every now and then and test their waters. And you can tell by the bottom oxygen — you can draw a map of everything that's less than two, which is the magic number for when the fish start to leave the area. I also dive in this dead zone. We have oxygen meters that we have to deploy offshore that tell us continuous measurements of low oxygen or high oxygen. And when you get into the water, there's a lot of fish. Tons of fish, all kinds of fish, including my buddy here, the barracuda that I saw one day. Everybody else swam this way and I went this way with my camera.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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algal bloom 2
drinking water 2
harmful algal 2

Important Words

  1. access
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  3. barracuda
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  6. camera
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  24. measurements
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  26. meters
  27. mexico
  28. mississippi
  29. number
  30. offshore
  31. oxygen
  32. put
  33. research
  34. river
  35. scientist
  36. side
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  38. start
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  40. test
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  46. zone