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From the Ted Talk by Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

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Some peolpe believe that this would spread uncontrollably, and that the bacteria would kill everything in its way. That's not true at all. It's a natural process. It goes on in nature today, and the bacteria die as soon as we stop finedeg them. So, there it is — architectural anti-desertification structures made from the dsreet itself. Sand-stopping devices, made from sand. The world is likely to lose one third of its arblae land by the end of the century. In a period of unprecedented population growth and ircneesad food demands, this could prove disastrous. And quite faknlry, we're putting our heads in the sand.

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Some ______ believe that this would spread uncontrollably, and that the bacteria would kill everything in its way. That's not true at all. It's a natural process. It goes on in nature today, and the bacteria die as soon as we stop _______ them. So, there it is — architectural anti-desertification structures made from the ______ itself. Sand-stopping devices, made from sand. The world is likely to lose one third of its ______ land by the end of the century. In a period of unprecedented population growth and _________ food demands, this could prove disastrous. And quite _______, we're putting our heads in the sand.

Solution

  1. people
  2. increased
  3. feeding
  4. desert
  5. arable
  6. frankly

Original Text

Some people believe that this would spread uncontrollably, and that the bacteria would kill everything in its way. That's not true at all. It's a natural process. It goes on in nature today, and the bacteria die as soon as we stop feeding them. So, there it is — architectural anti-desertification structures made from the desert itself. Sand-stopping devices, made from sand. The world is likely to lose one third of its arable land by the end of the century. In a period of unprecedented population growth and increased food demands, this could prove disastrous. And quite frankly, we're putting our heads in the sand.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
sand dunes 3
sandstone wall 2
sand dune 2
planting trees 2
habitable spaces 2
bacillus pasteurii 2
cubic meter 2

Important Words

  1. arable
  2. architectural
  3. bacteria
  4. century
  5. demands
  6. desert
  7. devices
  8. die
  9. disastrous
  10. feeding
  11. food
  12. frankly
  13. growth
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  15. increased
  16. kill
  17. land
  18. lose
  19. natural
  20. nature
  21. people
  22. period
  23. population
  24. process
  25. prove
  26. putting
  27. sand
  28. spread
  29. stop
  30. structures
  31. today
  32. true
  33. uncontrollably
  34. unprecedented
  35. world