聽讀英文 – 自然科學:南極洲 Antarctica (音)|貝塔語測
聽讀英文 – 自然科學:南極洲 Antarctica (音)

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By  Quentin Brand

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Nestled at the southernmost tip of our planet lies a vast, frozen wilderness that remains one of Earth’s most enigmatic and least-explored regions – Antarctica. With its stark landscapes, towering icebergs, and extreme conditions, this continent plays a crucial role in shaping the global climate and offers a unique opportunity for scientific discovery. 

Antarctica, the fifth-largest continent, is characterized by its breathtaking landscapes of ice-covered mountains, expansive ice shelves, and glaciers that seem to stretch into eternity. The untouched beauty of this frozen wonderland has captivated explorers and scientists alike for centuries. 

While Antarctica may seem desolate, it serves as a living laboratory for scientists studying climate change. Research stations operated by countries around the world host scientists engaged in groundbreaking studies on ice cores, climate patterns, and the impact of global warming on polar ecosystems. These studies provide invaluable insights into the Earths past and future. 

Antarctica is not just an icy expanse; it is also home to a surprisingly diverse array of wildlife. Penguins, seals, and seabirds thrive in the nutrient-rich Southern Ocean surrounding the continent. These hardy species have adapted to the extreme conditions, showcasing the resilience of life in one of the harshest environments on Earth. 

Despite its harsh climate, Antarctica stands as a symbol of international cooperation. Governed by the Antarctic Treaty System, signed by 54 nations, the continent is dedicated to scientific research and environmental protection. This treaty, in place since 1959, designates Antarctica as a scientific preserve and prohibits military activity on the continent. 

While scientific exploration remains a priority, there is growing awareness of the need to balance human activities in Antarctica with conservation efforts. The delicate ecosystems and fragile ice formations are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and human presence. Conservation measures and responsible tourism are essential to ensure that Antarctica’s pristine environment remains intact for future generations. 

In conclusion, Antarctica stands as a testament to the wonders of our planet and the limitless potential for discovery. As we delve deeper into the mysteries of this frozen continent, we gain not only a better understanding of Earth’s history and climate but also a renewed appreciation for the delicate balance that sustains life in the harshest corners of our world.

Translation 中文翻譯
儘管氣候惡劣,南極洲是國際合作的象徵。由 54 個國家簽署的南極條約體系管理著該大陸,致力於科學研究和環境保護。這項自 1959 年起實施的條約將南極洲指定為科學保護區,禁止在該大陸進行軍事活動。 
※ Quentin老師閱讀文本外,另有補充對於本篇主題的個人觀點與讀者分享,請仔細聆聽,並思考自己的想法。※
In the sixth paragraph the phrase ‘be vulnerable to’ means to have some weakness or disadvantage which makes something more likely to harmed or exploited. We use it describe things which are in some kind of danger. Here are some more sentences using the phrase. ‘Coastal communities are vulnerable to the impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events, making them susceptible to flooding and erosion.’ ‘Tropical regions are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases due to factors such as climate conditions, providing a conducive environment for the proliferation of vectors like mosquitoes.’
在第六段中,「be vulnerable to」此片語意指具有某種弱點或劣勢,這使得某些事物更容易受到傷害或利用。我們用它來描述處於某種危險中的事物。以下是使用該片語的更多例句: 
IRT 作題評量,診斷學習強弱

Q1: What is the main topic of the article?

A. The South Pole

B. Antarctica

C. scientists studying climate change


Q2: In the second paragraph what does the word ‘expansive’ mean?

A. it costs a lot

B. stretching over a large area

C. high


Q3What kind of animals live in Antarctica?

A. polar bears

B. the snow leopard

C. penguins and sea birds

Q1: B Q2: B Q3: C

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