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- prolong /pruh-LAWNG/
- exacerbate /ig-ZAS-er-beyt/
- thaw /thaw/
- off the charts /of thuh chahrts/
- barge /bahrj/
[verb] – to make something last a longer time
He chose to prolong his stay into the weekend.
[verb] – to make something that is already bad even worse
Don’t interfere. It might exacerbate the situation.
[noun] – a period of warmer weather when snow and ice begin to melt
The thaw frequently causes the river to overflow.
[idiom] – quite a lot more or better than is usual or was expected
It came as no surprise that their asking price became off the charts.
[noun] – a long boat with a flat bottom, used for carrying heavy loads
A barge could be seen about a hundred yards offshore.
Glaciers are known as the water towers of Europe. They hold the winter snow and slowly release it over the summer, supplying water for Europe’s rivers, agriculture, and nuclear power plants as well as cooling them. Already this summer, there have been delays in shipping along the Rhine in Germany because the water level is too low for barges carrying heavy loads. In Switzerland, waterways that are too shallow and too warm are rapidly cleaned of dead fish. Due to a lack of water to cool them, nuclear power plants in France and Switzerland had to cut their output.
- Where does your city get its water supply from? Has it ever run out of supply? Please share.
- Do you worry about the water supply in the future? Please tell me more about it.
- What would you do if you were affected by the declining supply of water?
- Do you think artificial glaciers could help lessen the impact of Europe’s water supply problem?
- Where else do you think Europe could get a temporary water supply?