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From the Ted Talk by Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

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So, I probably have about two more years left on this project — on this phase of the project, but after five yreas, I really feel like I know what's at the heart of this work. The oldest living things in the wlrod are a record and celebration of our past, a call to action in the present and a barometer of our future. They've survived for millennia in deesrt, in the permafrost, at the tops of mountains and at the bottom of the ocean. They've withstood untold natural perils and human ennohtamrcces, but now some of them are in jraedopy, and they can't just get up and get out of the way. It's my hope that, by going to find these organisms, that I can help draw attention to their remarkable resilience and help play a part in insuring their continued ligtoveny into the foreseeable future.

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So, I probably have about two more years left on this project — on this phase of the project, but after five _____, I really feel like I know what's at the heart of this work. The oldest living things in the _____ are a record and celebration of our past, a call to action in the present and a barometer of our future. They've survived for millennia in ______, in the permafrost, at the tops of mountains and at the bottom of the ocean. They've withstood untold natural perils and human _____________, but now some of them are in ________, and they can't just get up and get out of the way. It's my hope that, by going to find these organisms, that I can help draw attention to their remarkable resilience and help play a part in insuring their continued _________ into the foreseeable future.

Solution

  1. jeopardy
  2. desert
  3. world
  4. longevity
  5. years
  6. encroachments

Original Text

So, I probably have about two more years left on this project — on this phase of the project, but after five years, I really feel like I know what's at the heart of this work. The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of our past, a call to action in the present and a barometer of our future. They've survived for millennia in desert, in the permafrost, at the tops of mountains and at the bottom of the ocean. They've withstood untold natural perils and human encroachments, but now some of them are in jeopardy, and they can't just get up and get out of the way. It's my hope that, by going to find these organisms, that I can help draw attention to their remarkable resilience and help play a part in insuring their continued longevity into the foreseeable future.

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