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  Text A    saving the rainforests for future generations


  1. rainforest  n. 热带雨林

  这是一个由名词rain加名词forest构成的复合名词。用rain加名词构成的复合名词,英语中还有不少。如:rainbelt (雨带),rainworm (蚯蚓)等等。

  2. economic  adj. 经济(上)的,经济学的


  1)economic:concerned with economics and with the organization of money industry, and trade of a country, region, or social group

  economic growth (经济增长)          economic prosperity (经济繁荣)

  economic decline (经济衰退)         economic reform (经济改革)

  economic order (经济秩序)           economic depression (经济萧条)

  economic crisis (经济危机)          economic doctrines (经济学说)


  This car is economical to run. (开这辆车费用很省。)

  The child is so economical that he saves all his pocket money. (那个孩子很节省,他把零花钱都积攒了起来。)


  This region is unevenly developed economically. (这一地区的经济发展不平衡。)

  It is necessary that we should learn to live economically. (我们学会节俭地生活是必要的。)

  3. deforestation  砍伐森林

  de-是前缀,意思是“除去,分离”。-ation是名词后缀。用de-做前缀的词在英文中也是比较常见的,如:defrost (去冰或霜),dehydrate (脱水),detach (分离,解开)等等。

  The deforestation of rainforests will greatly upset ecological systems.


  The Amazon Basin is quickly becoming deforested. (亚马逊盆地的植被将被砍伐殆尽。)

  4. consequence  n. result, effect (结果,后果)

  1) The young man would do what he likes regardless of the consequences.


  2)They found themselves in a dilemma as a consequence of rapid changes in society.


  3) He is a man of great consequence. (他是一个举足轻重的人。)

  4) He will have to take the consequences if he doesn't apologize. (如果他不道歉,一切后果将由他承担。)

  consequently  adv. therefore,so,as a result (所以,因此)

  The rain was heavy and consequently the football match was put off. (雨下得很大,因此足球赛被延期了。)

  5. massive  adj. extremely large (大而重的;大规模的,大量的)

  1) The massive increase in oil prices put the taxi-drivers in a difficult situation.


  2)He saw massive changes in the village when he went there 20 years later.


  3) A massive young man in police uniform came in. (一个身着警服身材魁梧的年轻人走了进来。)

  6. upset  v. mess up;turn over accidentally;(弄乱;打翻);make sb. worried or unhappy (使苦恼)

  adj. be unhappy or disappointed, distressed (心烦意乱的,心情不安的)

  1)He upset a cup of coffee on the carpet. (他把一杯牛奶打翻在地毯上。)

  2)Make sure that he stays where he is. If he comes, he will upset the whole atmosphere.


  3) The news upset him. (那消息使他心烦意乱。)

  4) She was upset about the rumours. (她为那些谣言感到十分烦恼。)

  5)He was upset to learn that his proposal was not discussed at the meeting.


  6) They were upset by the poverty they saw in that area. (他们为在那一地区看到的贫困现象而苦恼。)

  注意:upset作形容词用,在句子中做表语时,以及upset作动词用时,应该成/Λp′set / ;upset作形容词用,在句子中做定语时,应读成 /′Λpset /.


  7. ecosystem  n. 生态系统

  eco是一个词根,意思是“环境(的)”,“生态(的)”;“家庭(的)”,“经济(的)”。如:ecology (生态学),ecocide (生态灭绝),ecoclimate(生态气候);economy (经济),economic (经济学的,经济上的)。

  8. erosion  n. 腐蚀,侵害

  erosion是动词erode的名词形式。rod,ros是词根,意思是gnaw (咬)。e-是前缀,相当于ex-,意思是out.以rod或ros作词根的词,如:corrode(腐蚀;侵蚀), emerge(出现),evaporize (蒸发),erase (擦去)

  1)They decide to plant more trees to prevent soil erosion. (他们决定种更多的树以防土壤受侵蚀。)

  2) They protested strongly against erosions of civil rights. (他们强烈抗议对公民权的侵害。)

  9. drought  n. 干旱季节,旱灾

  1)The land is in a state of drought. (土地干旱。)

  2)In many parts of China, people are fighting drought. (在中国的许多地区,人们在抗旱。)

  请注意区别drought和draught.drought也用作名词,意思是拉,拖,牵引;①被拉的东西,如:That drought was too much for the horse to pull. (那负荷太重了,马拉不动。)

  ②鲜啤酒,散装啤酒,如:Give him a glass of draught, please. (请给他一杯散装啤酒。)③一饮的量;吸入,如:He drank the wine in one draught. (他一口喝干了那酒。)

  10. global  adj. 球形的;全球的,世界的;普遍的,总的

  global是名词globe的形容词形式,-al是形容词后缀,常用在名词后面构成形容词。如regional (局部的,地区的),emotional (情感的),seasonal (季节的)。

  1)The earth is a global mass. (地球是一个球形体。)

  2)The global economic growth is on the decline this year. (今年总体经济增长呈下降趋势。)

  3)A global picture of their progress can be obtained from these marks.


  4)I'll try to give you a global idea of the situation. (我将尽力把形势的总体情况告诉你。)

  5)He makes friends with people from every corner of the globe. (他与来自世界各地的人们交朋友。)

  11. contribute  vt. 贡献;捐助;投稿     vi. 起作用,有助于;捐献;投稿

  1)They contributed food and medicine to people in the flooded area. (他们向受淹地区的人们捐助食物和药品。)

  2) He didn't contribute any idea to the discussion. (他在讨论中没有提出任何意见。)

  3)She contributes articles to the newspaper weekly. (她每周为那家报纸撰稿。)

  4)The two sisters contributed to their mother's support. (两姐妹合力赡养母亲。)

  5)I'm sure your suggestion will contribute to solving the problem. (我相信你的建议将有助于解决这个问题。)

  6)They are determined to make contributions to public safety. (他们决心为公众安全作出贡献。)

  请注意区别contribute to (doing) sth.和devote to (doing) sth.。这两个短语都表示“为…贡献”,但表示“献身于某一事业或目标”时,要用devote to (doing)sth.。而在contribute后面不接one's life或oneself.如:

  1) She devoted all her life to the welfare of women and children. (她一生致力于妇女和儿童的福利事业。)

  2) He devoted himself to teaching in the mountain village. (他致力于在那个山村教书。)

  3) Air pollution contributes to respiratory diseases. (空气污染会引起呼吸道疾病。)


  contribute:①give money in order to help someone

  ②help to make sth. successful

  ③influence sth.

  distribute:①give out, hand out (分发)

  ②share sth. among the members of a particular group (分布)

  ③supply sth.to sb. (销售商品于特定的市场;运送货物给个别顾客)

  1)The teacher distributed the papers to the students. (教师把试卷分发给学生。)

  2)Fuel resources are unevenly distributed. (燃料资源分布不匀。)

  3)They distributed their cars throughout the world. (他们的汽车销往世界各地。)

  12. greenhouse  n. 暖房,温室


  greenback (美钞)       greenbelt (绿化地带)  green-carder (绿卡持有者)

  greenroom (剧场里的演员休息室)       a green hand (生手)

  the green years (青春年华)    green-eyed monster (嫉妒)

  greenhouse effect (温室效应)      green revolution (绿色革命)

  13. polar  adj. 南极的,北极的;两种相反性质的

  -ar是形容词后缀,如popular(受欢迎的,民众的),similar (类似的)

  1)Most insects don't live in polar regions. (大多数昆虫在两极地区不存在。)

  2)They are thinking about how to survive in a polar winter. (他们正在考虑如何在极地冬季生存。)

  3)After reading his report you can see that he holds polar viewpoints.


  14. recede  vi. ①move further away into distance (远去)

  ②gradually become less clear (变模糊)

  ③withdraw (撤回)

  1)The plane gradually out of sight. (飞机渐渐远去看不见了。)

  2)The memory was receding and he couldn't remember anything. (记忆在变得模糊,他什么也想不起来了。)

  3)He receded from his promise. (他背弃了自己的诺言。)

  4)The article receded from the newspaper. (这篇文章从报纸上撤下了。)


  secede vi. Withdraw formally from membership in a group, association, organization, etc.; to break off one's connection with others, as in a political or religious group (从宗教、政党、联盟等组织中退出,脱离)

  1) Nine States seceded from the Union government and established their own confederate government.


  2) They seceded from the EEC. (他们从欧洲经济共同体中退出。)

  15. pharmaceutical  adj. 药物的,药学的     n. 药品


  pharmacy 药学     pharmaceutics 制药学

  pharmacology 药理学      pharmaceutist 药剂师

  16. derive v. 由…得到;起源,由…派生

  1)They derive enormous pleasure from reading. (他们从阅读中得到了极大的乐趣。)

  2)He said he derived no real satisfaction from his work. (他说他从工作中得不到真正的满足。)

  3)This word is derived from Latin. (这个单词从拉丁语派生而来。)

  4)Electric power can be derived from the sun-warmed surface waters of the ocean.(电力可以从晒热的海洋水面获得。)


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