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- What makes a city great to live in?
- What is your favorite city and why?
- canal /kuh-NAL/
- coastal /KOHS-tl/
- perform /per-FAWRM/
- level /LEV-uhl/
- tide /tahyd/
[noun] – a long, thin stretch of water that is artificially made either for boats to travel along or for taking water from one area to another
A canal separates the two towns.
[adjective] – positioned on, or relating to the coast
The hurricane destroyed several coastal cities.
[verb] – to do an action or piece of work
These days, smartphones can perform a variety of tasks.
[noun] – the height of something
Reports say the water level in the dam has risen after the heavy rain.
[noun] – the rise and fall of the sea that happens twice every day
Be careful not to set sail on a high tide.
The Maldives is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. Eighty percent of the country’s land area lies below one meter above sea level, and with sea levels forecast to increase by a meter by the end of the century, practically the entire country might be flooded. If a city floats, though, it may rise with the tide. This, according to Waterstudio’s COE Koen Olthuis, represents “fresh hope” for the Maldives’ 500,000 population.
- What is the population of the floating city in the Maldives?
- What will the floating city contain?
- According to the article, what is the aim of Waterstudio’s city?
- How can the residents travel through the sandy streets of the floating city?
- What percentage of the Maldives’ land area lies below one meter above sea level?
- What is your favorite spot in your neighborhood? Why do you like it?
- Which places do you visit first while visiting a new city?
- If you were to visit the floating city of the Maldives, what would you do there?
- Is it wise to construct floating cities on a land mass at the risk of drowning?
- What major differences would there be between a floating city and a normal one?