- archipelago /ahr-kuh-PEL-uh-goh/
- oceanographer /oh-shuh-NOG-ruh-phur/
- vulnerable /VUHL-ner-uh-buhl/
- drought /drout/
- erosion /ih-ROH-zhuhn/
[noun] – a group of islands, or an area of sea where there are many islands
There are several huge islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, as well as several very small ones.
[noun] – a person who studies many matters concerned with oceans including marine geology, physics, chemistry, and biology
Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a famous French oceanographer.
[adjective] – able to be easily physically or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked
Tourists are more vulnerable to attacks because they are unfamiliar with the city’s danger zones.
[noun] – a long period when there is little or no rain
This year’s crops have been ruined by a severe drought.
[noun] – the fact of soil, stone, etc. being gradually damaged and removed by the waves, rain, or wind
Is soil erosion really a problem?
Shells have always been significant in Mauritian tradition; the Monetaria annulus, also known as gold ring cowrie, is a gift of love or good fortune. According to oceanographer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, the number of seashells on the island has plummeted by 60% in the last three decades. Climate change, as well as activities such as overfishing, tourism, and wastewater and boat pollution, are to blame, according to him.
When it comes to climate change, Mauritius is one of the most vulnerable countries on the planet. Rising sea levels, droughts, and cyclones are all threats to the country. “Don’t pick them up from the beaches,” Mr. Kauppaymuthoo advises, noting that seashells also help to prevent coastal erosion. Winds, waves, and sea currents have a tougher time moving the beach silt around as there are more shells. What advice does he have for folks who want to remember their tropical vacation? “Look at the shells, take photos of them – that way you can have fond memories and also knowing that you are saving them too.”
- Could you tell me about the most beautiful beach you have ever seen? Why do you say so?
- Have you already seen a seashell? Do you collect them? Please tell me more about it.
- If you had the chance to change something about the seashell situation in Mauritius, what would you do? Please explain your answer.
- Do you agree with Mr. Kauppaymuthoo’s advice?
- In your opinion, why are seashells important?
- climate change