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Vocabulary in Context: Mangrove Trees

Vocabulary in Context: Mangrove Trees

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“Our land and livelihoods have been battered many times over by raging cyclones and unpredictable, heavy rains,” said Ms. Dhara, 30, as she and the other women in the boat discussed where they needed to plant more trees. “The rhythm of our lives is dependent on the of the water around us, making the mangroves…
Vocabulary in Context: Women Off-Road

Vocabulary in Context: Women Off-Road

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“Getting here and being in our first drivers’ meeting gave me ,” said Atefa Saleh, 41, a Siemens engineer from the United Arab Emirates. “I’m excited to be the driver. But we’re switching if something goes really wrong,” she quipped. Ms. Saleh’s co-driver, Eleanor Coker, 48, is an American living in Saudi Arabia. She had…
Vocabulary in Context: How Balloons Blew Up

Vocabulary in Context: How Balloons Blew Up

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On the brink of 40, Gev Danielian could have gotten a Porsche; he could have gambled or had too much to drink. Instead, in June 2021, he planned a prudent celebration at his home in Los Angeles and allowed himself one mild regression. He blanketed his lawn in several hundred balloons. Dozens and dozens of…
Vocabulary in Context: Forest Skating

Vocabulary in Context: Forest Skating

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“This is an actual childhood dream come true: to be able to skate anywhere you want,” said Michelle Reid, who drove with her husband, Lee Larson, for about two hours from Kingston, Ontario, to celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary at Icelynd, which became Ottawa’s sixth ice-trail network when it opened this January. “It’s travel by…
Vocabulary in Context: The Linda Lindas

Vocabulary in Context: The Linda Lindas

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Channeling the Muffs, the Go-Go’s and the muscular bravado of ’70s punk, especially in the snarling voice of bassist Eloise Wong, the Linda Lindas shredded through songs about identity, friendship, power and cats, most from their forthcoming debut album, “Growing Up.” They windmilled their instruments in tandem, grinned at each other between numbers and tossed…
Vocabulary in Context: Video Game Meals

Vocabulary in Context: Video Game Meals

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In the last year, Kayla Sims began raising her own cows and chickens. She did a bit of traveling, trying dishes like bhel puri, tuna maki rolls, beef yakisoba and feijoada for the first time. She even did some cooking; one day, she made a crown roast and baked a birthday cake shaped like a…
Vocabulary in Context: Starry Skies

Vocabulary in Context: Starry Skies

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Armed with those statistics, I found myself again looking skyward last October, this time lying face up on a long stone slab at Arches National Park in Utah. Surrounded by strangers, I was trying to locate the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, and our nearest spiral galaxy, Andromeda. My first trip…
Vocabulary in Context: Halftime Show

Vocabulary in Context: Halftime Show

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Dr. Dre opened up the performance behind a mock mixing board, a nod to the root of his celebrity: the ability to mastermind sound. For the next 12 minutes, vivid and thumping hits followed, including “The Next Episode,” a wiry between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, wearing a blue bandanna-themed sweatsuit; “California Love” (mercifully, delivered…
Vocabulary in Context: How to Catch a Polar Bear

Vocabulary in Context: How to Catch a Polar Bear

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Over the decades, these research trips have shed light on the basic biology and ecology of the bears and, in recent years, helped scientists keep tabs on how the animals are coping with climate change. The rapid habitat changes are already their behavior; with the sea ice retreating quickly, some of the bears now have…
Vocabulary in Context: Urban Fishermen

Vocabulary in Context: Urban Fishermen

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Along the river, people biked, walked, roller-skated, bird-watched, caught up with friends. But I found myself most intrigued by the people who were fishing. In this unexpected environment of concrete, buzzing traffic and litter, the act of fishing seemed almost defiant: a/an outdoors activity against a backdrop of highway overpasses.

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