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landscape • microclimate • Amazon
unique • chomp
  1. There are many protected environmental areas in thebasin.
  2. My dog can his whole bowl of food in about 30 seconds.
  3. An oasis in the deserts creates a.
  4. The lake, with the mountains behind it, creates a beautiful .
  5. All her clothes are very because she designs them herself.
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302 Ecuador

Jose talks about his country.

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OK, what is the landscape like of the country?

'Landscape' is a word that is used to describe the natural terrain or land of an area.

Notice the following:

  1. England has a pleasant green landscape that is full of trees.
  2. The landscape of the arctic is very different from that of the desert.


You have so many microclimates because you have the Andes ranges, you have the coast.

A 'microclimate' is the weather of climate of a small, specific area that is different from the climate of the areas around it. For example, the climate at the top of a mountain is very different from the climate in a valley or on the coast.

Notice the following:

  1. People built cities in valleys because the microclimate there was comfortable for living.
  2. We always seem to have nicer weather at the beach, I think it is because the mountains create a microclimate there.

Amazon basin

You have these subtropical valleys and then you have, you go to the Amazon basin.

The 'Amazon basin' is an area of land in South America where the Amazon River and its tributaries meet.

Notice the following:

  1. The Amazon Basin is situated mostly in Brazil.
  2. I have always wanted to go to the Amazon Basin, as I think it would be a wonderful place to visit. 


It's fantastic, it's a unique place.

'Unique' is a word used to describe something that is truly original or different from everything else.

Notice the following:

  1. Every person in the world is unique.
  2. I think that painting is unique. It is one of a kind.


You can actually swim with the sea lions and they are chomping next to you.

'Chomp' is an informal word that means to it. It is usually used to describe something eaten in a hungry or animal-like way.

Notice the following:

  1. I was very hungry today. I chomped my way through a whole packet of cookies.
  2.  Are you going to chomp all of that cake?



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