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From the Ted Talk by Richard Preston: The mysterious lives of giant trees

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It's absolutely heartbreaking to see. One of the things that is just — I almost can't conceive it — is the idea that the national news media hasn't picked this up at all, and this is the devastation of one of the most important ecosystems in nrtoh America. What can the Redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about hamun time. The fnrliickeg, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life — the neissctey to love. But we're different from trees, and they can also teach us something about ourselves in the differences that we have. We are human, and we have the ccaipaty to love, we have the capacity to wonder, and we have a sort of boundless curiosity, a restless inquisitiveness that so suits us as primates, I think.

Open Cloze

It's absolutely heartbreaking to see. One of the things that is just — I almost can't conceive it — is the idea that the national news media hasn't picked this up at all, and this is the devastation of one of the most important ecosystems in _____ America. What can the Redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about _____ time. The __________, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life — the _________ to love. But we're different from trees, and they can also teach us something about ourselves in the differences that we have. We are human, and we have the ________ to love, we have the capacity to wonder, and we have a sort of boundless curiosity, a restless inquisitiveness that so suits us as primates, I think.

Solution

  1. capacity
  2. flickering
  3. human
  4. north
  5. necessity

Original Text

It's absolutely heartbreaking to see. One of the things that is just — I almost can't conceive it — is the idea that the national news media hasn't picked this up at all, and this is the devastation of one of the most important ecosystems in North America. What can the Redwoods tell us about ourselves? Well, I think they can tell us something about human time. The flickering, transitory quality of human time and the brevity of human life — the necessity to love. But we're different from trees, and they can also teach us something about ourselves in the differences that we have. We are human, and we have the capacity to love, we have the capacity to wonder, and we have a sort of boundless curiosity, a restless inquisitiveness that so suits us as primates, I think.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
redwood forest 4
forest canopy 4
eastern hemlock 4
north coast 3
living organism 3
human time 3
marie antoine 3
flying buttress 3
coast redwood 2
sequoia sempervirens 2
oldest living 2
coast redwoods 2
individual trees 2
redwood rainforest 2
national park 2
tallest tree 2
big redwood 2
redwood time 2
steve sillett 2
redwood trees 2
climbing trees 2
tree boat 2
lose sight 2
huckleberry bushes 2
redwoods grow 2
extends upward 2
trunks springing 2
canopy soil 2
hemlock forest 2
great smoky 2
smoky mountains 2
mountains national 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
redwood forest canopy 3
great smoky mountains 2
smoky mountains national 2

ngrams of length 4

collocation frequency
great smoky mountains national 2

Important Words

  1. absolutely
  2. america
  3. boundless
  4. brevity
  5. capacity
  6. conceive
  7. curiosity
  8. devastation
  9. differences
  10. ecosystems
  11. flickering
  12. heartbreaking
  13. human
  14. idea
  15. important
  16. inquisitiveness
  17. life
  18. love
  19. media
  20. national
  21. necessity
  22. news
  23. north
  24. picked
  25. primates
  26. quality
  27. redwoods
  28. restless
  29. sort
  30. suits
  31. teach
  32. time
  33. transitory
  34. trees