- uncover /uhn-KUHV-er/
- mining /MAHY-ning/
- exploration /ek-spluh-REY-shuhn /
- determine /dih-TUR-min/
- biodiversity /bahy-oh-di-VUR-si-tee/
[verb] – to discover something secret or hidden or remove something covering something else
The detective was determined to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the local businessman.
[noun] – the industry or activity of removing substances such as coal or metal from the ground by digging
Due to the hazardous working conditions, the government has implemented stricter regulations on the mining industry to protect the health and safety of its employees.
[noun] – the activity of searching and finding out about something
The geographic exploration of uncharted territories in the past has led to the discovery of new lands and the mapping of the world as we know it today.
[verb] – to control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen
The scientists used various experiments and simulations to determine the most effective way to combat the spread of the invasive species.
[noun] – the number and types of plants and animals that exist in a particular area or in the world generally, or the problem of protecting this
The loss of natural habitats and increased pollution levels are major factors contributing to the decline in biodiversity, which has a significant impact on the health of our planet’s ecosystems.
According to Edith Widder, an oceanographer and deep-sea explorer, if the Earth’s oceans were the size of the island of Manhattan, then we would only explore the equivalent of one block, but only at the first floor level. With over 99.5% of the planet’s habitats still unexplored, scientists estimate that there could be millions of unknown species dwelling in the depths of the oceans. From the 13-meter-long carnivorous squid to tusked whales that avoid predatory orcas by dwelling at great depths, new species are still being documented every year. As deep-sea mining and climate change threaten to change the oceans’ ecosystems, the race to uncover these mysterious creatures has never been more urgent.
Despite centuries of ocean exploration, it can be difficult to determine how many unknown species still exist in the ocean’s depths. However, scientists such as Tammy Horton, a taxonomist, and ocean biodiversity researcher, use various methods to estimate the number of undiscovered species. These methods range from analyzing the number of known species in a particular habitat to predicting the number of unknown species based on environmental conditions and the characteristics of known species in the area. In conclusion, the depths of the oceans hold a wealth of secrets yet to be uncovered. With new methods of exploration, we are getting closer than ever to uncovering these secrets and reshaping our understanding of marine life.
- Have you tried snorkeling or scuba diving? If so, how was the experience? If not, would you like to try it? Why or why not?
- What marine creatures are you familiar with? Could you tell me something about it?
- If the majority of the world’s ocean habitats remain unexplored, what could be the potential consequences for marine life?
- Do you agree that the majority of the world’s ocean habitats remain unexplored?
- What do you think is the biggest challenge in exploring the ocean’s depths?