Amateur photographer Risto Mattila had his lucky day. He was at a beach in Finland and saw a rare weather event.
Read the assignment and write down the answers in English. You may use English-language Internet sources to help you. If you only know the Dutch word, use a dictionary to find the English word.
a Work with one or more classmates. Make a list of words related to the weather.
b What is the most unusual weather event you have ever seen?
Weird Weather Event
Thousands of so-called ice eggs have covered a beach in Finland in a rare weather event. The event is described here.
After reading the BBC article, read this additional information about ice eggs:
|How do ice eggs form?
[Based on: www.thesun.co.uk]
Read the text. Connect the words and expressions that have the same meaning in the text.
|1. eggs||a. a person who does something (such as a hobby) for pleasure and not as a job|
|2. rare||b. British Broadcasting Corporation, a British radio and television company|
|3. phenomenon||c. centre|
|4. amateur||d. nearby area|
|5. BBC||e. not common or usual; not often done, seen, or happening|
|6. vicinity||f. not deep|
|7. posterity||g. oval or round things from which young birds, snakes, frogs, insects, etc., are born|
|8. to jostle around||h. people living on earth after us, people in the future|
|9. shallow||i. running down at an angle|
|10. sloping||j. something that is very impressive or remarkable|
|11. core||k. to push and move around|
a True or false?
1 The ice eggs were lying on an island.
2 Some of the ice balls were as big as footballs.
3 Risto Mattila takes pictures of the ice eggs every year.
4 The balls of ice are only found on European beaches.
5 Ice eggs can be formed from both salty and sweet water.
b Why did Risto Mattila take photos of the ice eggs?
1 He takes pictures all the time to share them on social media.
2 He took them so people in the future can see the ice eggs too.
3 He was there for work and needed pictures for a nature website.
4 His wife asked him to take pictures to show to their children.
c What are the correct conditions for ice eggs to occur? Select all the correct answers.
1 A deserted beach
2 A long, cold winter
3 A sandy beach
4 Air temperature just below zero
5 Small waves
6 Water temperature almost below zero
7 Winter storms