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

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I became very interested, and I wrote about a couple. Steve Sillett and Marie Antoine are the principal explorers of the Redwood forest canopy. They're world-class athletes, and they also are world-class forset ecology scientists. Steve Sillett, when he was a 19-year-old college student at Reed College, had heard that the Redwood forest canopy is cidoeesrnd to be a so-called Redwood desert. That is to say, at that time it was believed that there was nothing up there except the branches of roweodd teres. And with a friend of his, he took it upon himself to free-climb a Redwood without ropes or any euimepnqt to see what was up there. He climbed up a small tree next to this gaint Redwood, and then he laeepd through space and grabbed a branch with his hands, and edned up hanging, like catching a bar of a tpeazre. And then, from there, he climbed directly up the bark until he got to the top of the tree.

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I became very interested, and I wrote about a couple. Steve Sillett and Marie Antoine are the principal explorers of the Redwood forest canopy. They're world-class athletes, and they also are world-class ______ ecology scientists. Steve Sillett, when he was a 19-year-old college student at Reed College, had heard that the Redwood forest canopy is __________ to be a so-called Redwood desert. That is to say, at that time it was believed that there was nothing up there except the branches of _______ _____. And with a friend of his, he took it upon himself to free-climb a Redwood without ropes or any _________ to see what was up there. He climbed up a small tree next to this _____ Redwood, and then he ______ through space and grabbed a branch with his hands, and _____ up hanging, like catching a bar of a _______. And then, from there, he climbed directly up the bark until he got to the top of the tree.

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  4. redwood
  5. forest
  6. ended
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  8. considered
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Original Text

I became very interested, and I wrote about a couple. Steve Sillett and Marie Antoine are the principal explorers of the Redwood forest canopy. They're world-class athletes, and they also are world-class forest ecology scientists. Steve Sillett, when he was a 19-year-old college student at Reed College, had heard that the Redwood forest canopy is considered to be a so-called Redwood desert. That is to say, at that time it was believed that there was nothing up there except the branches of Redwood trees. And with a friend of his, he took it upon himself to free-climb a Redwood without ropes or any equipment to see what was up there. He climbed up a small tree next to this giant Redwood, and then he leaped through space and grabbed a branch with his hands, and ended up hanging, like catching a bar of a trapeze. And then, from there, he climbed directly up the bark until he got to the top of the tree.

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