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From the Ted Talk by Kristen Marhaver: Why I still have hope for coral reefs

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The first time I cried underwater was in 2008, the island of Curaçao, way down in the southern ceaibabrn. It's beautiful there. I was studying these corals for my PhD, and after days and days of dnivig on the same reef, I had gotten to know them as individuals. I had made friends with coral cenloois — totally a normal thing to do. Then, Hurricane Omar smashed them apart and ripped off their skin, leaving little bits of wounded tsisue that would have a hard time healing, and big patches of dead sloeketn that would get overgrown by algae. When I saw this damage for the first time, stretching all the way down the reef, I sunk onto the sand in my sucba gear and I cired. If a coral could die that fast, how could a reef ever sviurve? And why was I making it my job to try to fight for them?

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The first time I cried underwater was in 2008, the island of Curaçao, way down in the southern _________. It's beautiful there. I was studying these corals for my PhD, and after days and days of ______ on the same reef, I had gotten to know them as individuals. I had made friends with coral ________ — totally a normal thing to do. Then, Hurricane Omar smashed them apart and ripped off their skin, leaving little bits of wounded ______ that would have a hard time healing, and big patches of dead ________ that would get overgrown by algae. When I saw this damage for the first time, stretching all the way down the reef, I sunk onto the sand in my _____ gear and I _____. If a coral could die that fast, how could a reef ever _______? And why was I making it my job to try to fight for them?

Solution

  1. tissue
  2. diving
  3. skeleton
  4. caribbean
  5. colonies
  6. survive
  7. scuba
  8. cried

Original Text

The first time I cried underwater was in 2008, the island of Curaçao, way down in the southern Caribbean. It's beautiful there. I was studying these corals for my PhD, and after days and days of diving on the same reef, I had gotten to know them as individuals. I had made friends with coral colonies — totally a normal thing to do. Then, Hurricane Omar smashed them apart and ripped off their skin, leaving little bits of wounded tissue that would have a hard time healing, and big patches of dead skeleton that would get overgrown by algae. When I saw this damage for the first time, stretching all the way down the reef, I sunk onto the sand in my scuba gear and I cried. If a coral could die that fast, how could a reef ever survive? And why was I making it my job to try to fight for them?

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