The Reading / Listening - Clean Air - Level 4

Scientists found what they think is the cleanest air on Earth. Researchers conducted research on the purity of the air above Antarctica. An area between the south of Australia and Antarctica was "unaffected" by human activity. The analysis of the air in the clouds showed it was free from "anthropogenic aerosols". These are pollutants from human activity, or dust from other continents. The scientists called this pollution-free area, "truly pristine".



The scientists analysed microbes in the clouds. They tracked where the DNA of the microbes came from. They monitored the wind to see how far the microbes travelled. They found the atmospheric eco-system was "isolated" and free from contaminants from elsewhere in the world. The microbes came from the Southern Ocean rather than other continents. The Southern Ocean is one of very few places on Earth "minimally affected" by pollution.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Clean Air - Level 5 or  Clean Air - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.newsweek.com/air-antarctica-cleanest-world-1508433
  • https://www.ecowatch.com/cleanest-air-earth-scientists-2646150814.html
  • https://scitechdaily.com/cleanest-air-on-earth-identified-by-atmospheric-scientists-in-first-of-its-kind-study/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the cleanest air
  2. research on the
  3. unaffected by human
  4. free from anthropogenic
  5. These are pollutants from
  6. dust from other
  7. scientists called this pollution-
  8. truly
  1. activity
  2. continents
  3. purity of the air
  4. pristine
  5. on Earth
  6. free
  7. human activity
  8. aerosols

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists analysed
  2. tracked where the DNA of the
  3. They monitored the
  4. to see how far the microbes
  5. the atmospheric eco-
  6. contaminants from elsewhere
  7. one of very few
  8. minimally affected
  1. travelled
  2. in the world
  3. places on Earth
  4. microbes
  5. wind
  6. by pollution
  7. system
  8. microbes came from

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists found (1) ___________________ is the cleanest air on Earth. Researchers conducted research (2) ___________________ of the air above Antarctica. An area (3) ___________________ of Australia and Antarctica was "unaffected" by human activity. The (4) ___________________ air in the clouds showed it (5) ___________________ "anthropogenic aerosols". These are pollutants from human activity, or dust from other continents. The scientists called this pollution-free (6) ___________________.

The scientists analysed microbes in the clouds. They (7) ___________________ DNA of the microbes came from. They monitored the wind to (8) ___________________ the microbes travelled. They found the atmospheric eco-system was "isolated" and (9) ___________________ from elsewhere in the world. The (10) ___________________ the Southern Ocean rather (11) __________________. The Southern Ocean is one of very few places on Earth minimally (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsfoundwhattheythinkisthecleanestaironEarth.Researchers
conductedresearchonthepurityoftheairaboveAntarctica.Anareabet
weenthesouthofAustraliaandAntarcticawas"unaffected"byhumanac
tivity.Theanalysisoftheairinthecloudsshoweditwasfreefrom"anthro
pogenicaerosols".Thesearepollutantsfromhumanactivity,ordustfro
mothercontinents.Thescientistscalledthispollution-freearea,"tru
lypristine".Thescientistsanalysedmicrobesintheclouds.Theytracked
wheretheDNAofthemicrobescamefrom.Theymonitoredthewindtose
ehowfarthemicrobestravelled.Theyfoundtheatmosphericeco-syst
emwas"isolated"andfreefromcontaminantsfromelsewhereintheworl
d.ThemicrobescamefromtheSouthernOceanratherthanothercontin
ents.TheSouthernOceanisoneofveryfewplacesonEarth"minimallyaff
ected"bypollution.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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