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READING
Text 1
1. Read the text and do exercises after the text.
AN UNNATURAL DISASTER
Pressing economic and social problems have plagued the world´s developing
nations in the decades following World War II. The demand for natural
resources, the creation of jobs, and the need for more open land to settle
growing populations have led many nations to introduce deforestation programs.
Although a useful short-term solution to economic problems, deforestation
has disastrous consequences. Deforestation can decrease soil quality
and create erosion problems, reducing rich forests to wastelands. The destruction
of the tropical rain forests in Brazil threatens to alter the world´s climate
and contribute to the greenhouse effect.
Deforestation recently led to a major disaster in Thailand. The Thai government´s
30-year policy of encouraging logging resulted in the loss of fully
half the nation´s forests. A violent rainstorm that hit one of the deforested regions
in November 1988 created flash floods on the bare, muddy hillsides.
These floods killed 400 people and left thousands more injured and homeless.
If the forests had remained to absorb the downpour, floods would not have
threatened the valley´s residents. By ignoring the consequences of their actions,
Thai officials and loggers not only destroyed a vital resource but also
created a disaster. Experts say the destructive floods have set the region´s
economy back 20 years.
A) Decide whether the statements below are T (True) or F (False). If the
statement is false – write the correct sentence.
1. The text describes the air pollution.
2. People need more and more land to settle down.
3. Deforestation can increase soil quality.
4. Cutting forests is dangerous for people.
5. The destruction of forests can cause the change of the climate.
B) Answer the following questions.
1. What problem is described in the text?
2. What other environmental problems do you know?
3. Is the problem mentioned typical in our country and in your region?
4. Do you think our planet is in danger? Why?
5. Do you believe this problem is solvable?
6. What should everyone do to protect nature?
Text 2
2. Read the text below and decide if the sentences are true or false. If the
sentence is true – write (T), if the sentence is false – write (F) and write
the correct variant.
1. Edison is famous for his great achievements.
2. He did not get any education at school.
3. He likes to visit a public library and read a lot of books every week.
4. Businessman bought his invention for two thousand dollars.
5. Edison considered that inspiration is more important than perspiration.
EDISON
Edison is known as one of the greatest inventors of his time. He invented
so much that it is difficult to say which of his achievements is the greatest.
He was an experimenter and a practical man more than a theoretician.
Edison did not have any education. He went to school for only three
months. Then he left because the teacher considered him a dull boy. His
mother became his teacher. The boy loved books and his mother said that he
had a wonderful memory. When he first visited a public library and saw a lot
of shelves with books he decided that he would read all of them and then he
would know everything in the world. He measured the shelf and decided to
read a foot of books every week.
In 1868 Edison built his first patented invention – an electromagnetic device.
It is said that he planned to ask three thousand dollars for his invention,
though he secretly decided he would sell it for two thousand if necessary He
was invited to a meeting of businessmen who were interested in buying his
invention, but when he was asked to name a price he was very nervous and
quite unable to speak.
«It is no use asking us a big price», said one of the businessmen, «we’ve
already decided how much we will pay. Forty thousand dollars is our limit».

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With this money Edison established a workshop and began his career as a
professional inventor at the age of twenty-two.
All his inventions were the result of hard work. He sometimes conducted
thousands of experiments. According to him, the idea that a genius works only
by inspiration was absurd. «Genius is 2 per cent inspiration and 98 per cent
perspiration», he often said.
VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
3. A. Match the words with their definitions.
1. environmental
2. deforestation
3. disasters
4. solution
5. greenhouse effect
a. terrible accident
b. gradual warming of the air
c. surrounding
d. answer to a question
e. cutting all the trees in the area
B. Choose the correct translation of the underlined word from the variants
a, b or c.
1. The new road to be constructed will be the longest in the city.
a) для того, чтобы построить
b) которые будут строить
с) строить
2. To drive a car in a big city is very difficult.
a) водить
b) для того, чтобы водить
с) будут водить
3. To detect objects over a great distance a special device is used.
a) обнаружить
b) для того, чтобы обнаруживать
с) обнаружение
4. To drive a car in a big city you should know the rules.
a) водить
b) для того, чтобы водить
с) вождение
5. To detect objects over a great distance was very difficult.
a) обнаруживать
b) для того, чтобы обнаружить
с) обнаружив
6. The experiment to be carried out is at great important.
a) проводить
b) для того, чтобы проводить
с) которую будут проводить
7. To extend the main street they had to destroy some old buildings.
a) разрушить
b) для того, чтобы разрушить
с) разрушение
TRANSLATION
4. A. Choose the correct translation of the underlined word.
1. Electrons forming an atom are in motion
a) образующие
b) образуют
c) образуя
2. Developing a device, an engineer used a new method
a) разработка
b) разрабатывая
c) разрабатывающий
3. Our scientists are preparing programmes for automatic devices
a) готовящие
b) готовят
c) готовя
4. Electron microscopes being very useful instruments, they are used today in
many laboratories
a) являющиеся
b) являясь
c) являются
5. Electrons движущиеся from one atom of any substance to another form
the flow called an electric current
a) are moving
b) by moving
c) moving
6. Ожидая for him I looked through the magazines lying on the table
a) waiting
b) is waiting
c) on waiting
B. Translate the sentences from English into Russian.
1. They spoke about their traveling to the North.
2. After receiving good results they stopped experiments.
3. I know of his having been appointed to a new job.
4. Substances used in the experiment gave good results
5. When analyzed, the data were confirmed
6. Having looked through all the documents and letters received that day he
called his secretary.
7. They spoke about their traveling to the North.
8. After receiving good results they stopped experiments.
WRITING
5. Write an abstract of the text below.
SATELLITES
Satellites are an important part of our ordinary lives. For example, the information
for weather forecast is sent by satellites. Some satellites have cameras
which take photos of the Earth to show how clouds are moving. Satellites
are also used to connect our international phone calls.
Television satellites
We use satellites to send television pictures from one part of the world to
another. They are usually 35,880 kilometers above the equator. Sometimes
we can see a satellite in the sky and it seems to stay in the same place. This is
because it is moving around the world at 11,000 kilometers per hour – exactly
the same speed that the earth rotates. A satellites must orbit the Earth with
its antennae facing the Earth. Sometimes, it moves away from its orbit, so
there are little rockets on it which are used to put the satellite back in the right
position. This usually happens about every five or six days. Computer connections
of the World Wide Web ad Internet also us satellites.

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