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- contaminate /kuhn-TAM-uh-neyt/
- abundantly /uh-BUHN-duhnt-lee/
- lethal /LEE-thuhl/
- marina /muh-REE-nuh/
- dilute /dahy-LOOT/
[verb] – to make something less pure or make it poisonous
Lead in pipes can contaminate water.
[adverb] – in large quantities or amounts
This plant grows abundantly in wooded areas.
[adjective] – able to cause or causing death; extremely dangerous
The bite hurts but is not lethal to humans.
[noun] – a small port that is used for pleasure rather than trade, often with hotels, restaurants, and bars
We docked our sailboat at the marina.
[verb] – to make a liquid weaker by mixing it with water or another liquid
Before adding the bleach to the laundry, dilute it with water.
Locals in a small marina first saw fish dying and the water changing in March. When it happened once more in June, the owner started her own investigation. She concludes that “someone dumped chemicals into the port.” Approximately 300 unregistered outflow pipes have been found, and investigators are looking into nearly 60 of them in relation to the fish deaths. A pump is working desperately in an effort to introduce oxygen into the water while workmen near Szczecin, Poland, remove enormous dead carp and catfish from the river. The river continues its journey into a lagoon and the Baltic Sea from this point. Although it is believed that the volume of water will dilute the toxins, there are worries that what some locals refer to as a “wave of poison” may continue its deadly path downstream.
- How important are fish in your country?
- Does your country have water pollution issues? Please tell me more about them.
- If you were one of the scientists, what would you do to confirm the poisoned water of the River Oder?
- Do you agree that someone poisoned the river?
- In your opinion, how will this incident affect Poland’s and Germany’s economy?