高三阅读理解As the effects of climate change set in
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As the effects of climate change set in, coastal cities such as the Italian city of Venice and the American city of New Orlean are slowly sinking. So is Bangkok. Officials in the city and scientists say they do not know how long people will be able to continue living in the Thai capital.
Thailand's military rulers are considering action. The National Reform Council wants the government to form a committee to deal with the warnings that Bangkok could be permanently underwater many years from now.
The Saen canal was built in Bangkok in the late 1830s. In a neighborhood near the waterway, walkways are breaking up. Walls on homes, small businesses and an Islamic center appear to be bending. The area is sinking about two centimeters a year, which is two times the average rate for the rest of Bangkok.
“I don’t know what to do.” says Vijitri Puangsiri who has lived in the neighborhood for 44 years. Her home needs to be repaired every year because of the sinking ground. The walkway in front of her century-old house where she operates a small restaurant must also be repeatedly repaired.
“If you travel on the canal boats, you can see how this is all hollow,” Somsak Kongeeng says, “The buildings are sinking because they were not built on solid foundations.” He joked that if we come back to see him again in 20 years, the water level will be almost as high as his head. But he is also partly serious. That might be only a small overstatement in a city that is, on average, just two meters above sea level.
Observers say two reasons for the sinking are a rising sea level and too much pumping of groundwater. Another reason, they say, is the decision by developers to build so many high-rises because they earn quantities of money by doing so. This kind of development worries those who are concerned with the rising water level.
28. What do we know from the passage?
A. Vijitri Puangsiri’s home needs repairing owing to the broken walkway.
B. The Saen canal was a supporting evidence of the sinking ground.
C. Somsak Kongeeng simply treats the sinking as a joke.
D. Bangkok is not suitable for people to live in any more.
29.To slow down the sinking of the city in a practical way, we suggest .
A. replacing the loose soil with concrete B. forbidding pumping groundwater
C. controlling the construction of high-rises D. stopping the rising of sea level
30.What is the writer's purpose of writing the passage?
A. To appeal to protect the city of Bangkok*
B. To explain the reasons for the sinking.
C. To stress the significance of Bangkok.
D. To inform us of the situation of Bangkok.
31. What is the best title of this passage?
A. The Saen Canal----Cause of the Sinking .B.A warning from Bangkok
C. Bangkok—a Coastal City at Risk D..Reasons for the Sinking Building
答案 28-31 BCAC
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