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[初二]China is drying up
作者:21ST    来源:21世纪学生英文报·初二版第346期     日期: 2011-06-28
长江中下游严重干旱,抗旱工作困难重重。

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LAST year, it was the terrible flooding (洪水). This year, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River (长江中下游) are facing the worst drought in more than 50 years.

Thousands of rivers and lakes are drying up, and some farmland is damaged because there’s not enough water to plant crops.

Poyang Lake is China’s largest body of fresh water. It has 34 percent less water than it had at this time last year.

China’s second-largest freshwater lake, Dongting Lake, is about 31 percent smaller than it was this time last year, according to the China Meteorological Administration (中国国家气象局).

The China Meteorological Administration said, between March 1 and May 30, less than 194mm of rain fell on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. This is about 53 percent less than the usual 410mm.

A drought is a long period of dry weather when there is not enough water for plants and animals to live on. It happens with low rainfall, and results in a lack of (缺乏) water in soil, rivers and lakes.

Nearly every year, a terrible drought happens in some parts of China. Scientists have said before that it may have something to do with climate change.

To solve the problem of drinking and planting water in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the government (政府) has taken action. It ordered the Three Gorges Dam (三峡大坝) to increase its output (输出) of water by 10 to 20 percent for the next two weeks.

BONUS

在英语中怎样表达“干旱”?

英文中最常见的表示“干旱”的词是dry。词组dry up表示“变干枯(的过程)”。drought 作为名词,表示“干旱”。



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