The Reading / Listening - Iceberg A68a - Level 5

A huge iceberg heading towards the island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean has split into three large chunks. NASA scientists are tracking the berg, called A68a. It actually split from the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017 and has been floating northwards ever since. In recent weeks, a fast-moving stream of water in the Southern Antarctic has put the chunks on a course that means they could run aground off the coast of South Georgia. Scientists say the three fragments are about 2,600 square kilometres in size. The underwater part of one chunk is 106 metres deep.



The bulk of the three iceberg chunks is a serious threat to the wildlife of South Georgia. It is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. If the chunks collide with the seabed, they could obstruct penguins and seals from looking for fish. They could also block the penguins' route to their feeding grounds during the breeding season. The bottom of the chunks could rake up the seabed near South Georgia and disrupt delicate ecosystems. This could be made worse by a mass of fresh water entering the ecosystems as the stationary chunks melt over the summer.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iceberg A68a - Level 4 or  Iceberg A68a - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55428520
  • https://newatlas.com/science/giant-iceberg-a-68a-south-georgia-splits-three/
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/giant-iceberg-heading-toward-south-atlantic-island-breaks-n1252204


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A huge iceberg heading
  2. split into three
  3. NASA scientists are
  4. It actually split from the
  5. a fast-moving
  6. they could run aground
  7. about 2,600 square
  8. The underwater
  1. tracking the berg
  2. part of one chunk
  3. off the coast
  4. large chunks
  5. Larsen C ice shelf
  6. stream of water
  7. towards the island
  8. kilometres

Paragraph 2

  1. a serious threat
  2. It is an environmental
  3. obstruct penguins and seals from
  4. the penguins' route to their feeding
  5. during the breeding
  6. disrupt delicate
  7. a mass of fresh water entering
  8. melt over
  1. ecosystems
  2. to the wildlife
  3. the summer
  4. looking for fish
  5. the ecosystems
  6. season
  7. grounds
  8. catastrophe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A huge iceberg heading (1) ___________________ of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean (2) ___________________ three large chunks. NASA scientists are tracking the berg, called A68a. It (3) ___________________ the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017 and has been floating northwards ever since. In recent weeks, a fast-moving (4) ___________________ in the Southern Antarctic has put the chunks on a course that means they could (5) ___________________ the coast of South Georgia. Scientists say the three fragments are about 2,600 square kilometres in size. The (6) ___________________ one chunk is 106 metres deep.

The bulk of the three iceberg chunks is (7) ___________________ to the wildlife of South Georgia. It is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. If the chunks (8) ___________________ seabed, they could obstruct (9) ___________________ from looking for fish. They could also block the penguins' route to their feeding grounds during (10) ___________________. The bottom of the chunks could rake up the seabed near South Georgia (11) ___________________ ecosystems. This could be made worse by a mass of fresh water entering the ecosystems (12) ___________________ chunks melt over the summer.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AhugeicebergheadingtowardstheislandofSouthGeorgiainthesouthe
rnAtlanticOceanhassplitintothreelargechunks.NASAscientistsaretra
ckingtheberg,calledA68a.ItactuallysplitfromtheLarsenCiceshelfin2
017andhasbeenfloatingnorthwardseversince.Inrecentweeks,afast-
movingstreamofwaterintheSouthernAntarctichasputthechunksona
coursethatmeanstheycouldrunagroundoffthecoastofSouthGeorgia.
Scientistssaythethreefragmentsareabout2,600squarekilometresins
ize.Theunderwaterpartofonechunkis106metresdeep.Thebulkofthet
hreeicebergchunksisaseriousthreattothewildlifeofSouthGeorgia.Itis
anenvironmentalcatastrophewaitingtohappen.Ifthechunkscollidewi
ththeseabed,theycouldobstructpenguinsandsealsfromlookingforfis
h.Theycouldalsoblockthepenguins'routetotheirfeedinggroundsduri
ngthebreedingseason.Thebottomofthechunkscouldrakeuptheseabe
dnearSouthGeorgiaanddisruptdelicateecosystems.Thiscouldbemad
eworsebyamassoffreshwaterenteringtheecosystemsasthestationar
ychunksmeltoverthesummer.

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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