Scientists have discovered coastal creatures living and breeding on a huge patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. Neil and Sian teach the language around this story to help you use it.
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It doesn’t sound like a great place to live…
But scientists have discovered coastal creatures making the huge plastic waste island their new home. Researchers say these creatures will now reproduce in larger numbers than before because of the extra space created by the rubbish.
Key words and phrases:
🔎 piggybacks – rides on
– When my daughter is tired, I give her a piggyback to bed.
– Businesses are piggybacking off the music festival by selling fan merchandise.
🔎 hitched (a) ride -travelled in someone else’s vehicle
– I normally take the train, but today I hitched a ride with a friend.
– The satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket later this week.
🔎 love shack – a place for love and romance
– The couple travelled to a love shack in the woods for their honeymoon.
– The photographer arranged the room to look like a love shack.
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✔️ 0:00 – Introduction
✔️ 0:23 – Story
✔️ 1:12 – Headline 1: In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, coastal life piggybacks on plastic trash – The Hindu
✔️ 2:52 – Headline 2: Coastal organisms hitched ride to middle of Pacific Ocean on plastic waste. Now they’re thriving & reproducing – The Print
✔️ 4:28 – Headline 3: Great Pacific Garbage Patch Now A Floating Love Shack For Coastal Species – IFL Science
✔️ 5:41 – Language summary
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