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

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There are epiphytes, plants that grow on trees. These are huckleberry bushes. Many species of mosses, and then all sorts of lichens just plastering the tree. When you get near the top of the tree, you feel like you can't fall — in fact, it's dlcfuifit to move. You're worming your way through bhaenrcs which are crowded with living things that don't occur near the ground. It's like scuba diving into a craol reef, except you're going upward instead of downward. And then the teers tend to frale out into platform-like areas at the top. Maria's sttiing on one of them. These limbs could be five to six hundred years old. Redwoods grow very slowly in their tops. They also have a feature: thickets of huckleberry bushes that grow out of the tops of Redwood trees that are talnhicecly known as huckleberry arfos, and you can sit there and snack on the brieers while you're resting.

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There are epiphytes, plants that grow on trees. These are huckleberry bushes. Many species of mosses, and then all sorts of lichens just plastering the tree. When you get near the top of the tree, you feel like you can't fall — in fact, it's _________ to move. You're worming your way through ________ which are crowded with living things that don't occur near the ground. It's like scuba diving into a _____ reef, except you're going upward instead of downward. And then the _____ tend to _____ out into platform-like areas at the top. Maria's _______ on one of them. These limbs could be five to six hundred years old. Redwoods grow very slowly in their tops. They also have a feature: thickets of huckleberry bushes that grow out of the tops of Redwood trees that are ___________ known as huckleberry _____, and you can sit there and snack on the _______ while you're resting.

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  1. branches
  2. sitting
  3. flare
  4. coral
  5. trees
  6. difficult
  7. berries
  8. afros
  9. technically

Original Text

There are epiphytes, plants that grow on trees. These are huckleberry bushes. Many species of mosses, and then all sorts of lichens just plastering the tree. When you get near the top of the tree, you feel like you can't fall — in fact, it's difficult to move. You're worming your way through branches which are crowded with living things that don't occur near the ground. It's like scuba diving into a coral reef, except you're going upward instead of downward. And then the trees tend to flare out into platform-like areas at the top. Maria's sitting on one of them. These limbs could be five to six hundred years old. Redwoods grow very slowly in their tops. They also have a feature: thickets of huckleberry bushes that grow out of the tops of Redwood trees that are technically known as huckleberry afros, and you can sit there and snack on the berries while you're resting.

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forest canopy 4
eastern hemlock 4
redwood trees 3
redwood tree 3
redwood time 3
national park 3
marie antoine 3
living organism 3
flying buttress 3
big redwood 3

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redwood forest canopy 3

Important Words

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  6. coral
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  47. years