Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cloze Test July 3, 2012

Read the paragraph carefully and then identify which word has been replaced from which blank. The list of words has been provided below.

The inclusion of the Western Ghats in the World Heritage List by UNESCO is a fitting tribute to one of the most__1__ and ecologically sensitive areas of the world. These __2__ forests and their rich biological diversity were included in the very first list of ‘global biodiversity hotspots’ drawn up by scientists at the turn of the century. Today, the Ghats are considered one of eight “hottest hotspots”. With their official listing as natural heritage, India commits itself under the UNESCO Convention to conserve,__3__ and transmit the 39 chosen sites spread across nearly 8,000 square kilometers to future generations. The challenge to protect the Western Ghats, however, is much bigger because the area of these mountains assessed by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel encompasses a total of 129,037 sq km. This is a vast __4__ of ecologically unique habitat, which significantly influences the Indian monsoon. The WGEEP has, in its report, treated the entire region as an ecologically sensitive zone, while __5__ that some sub-regions be treated as more sensitive and given higher levels of protection.

A)   protect               B)   recommending            C)   fragile     
D)   montane            E)   swathe

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