MADAGASCAR’S UNKNOWN ISLANDS
(P1) Hidden in the 20-island Nosy Mitsio ARCHIPELAGO, 70km off Madagascar’s northern coast, Organ Pipes is a BIZARRE natural wonder formed 125 million years ago when Madagascar separated from MAINLAND Africa.
(P3) But unlike the Irish World Heritage Site, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, Organ Pipes attracts just hundreds of travellers annually – and is also only accessible by boat.
(P4) Most travellers arrive on a DAY TRIP from the mainland.
(P9) The only place to stay in the archipelago is on a private island RESORT about 30km south of Organ Pipes.
(P11) With no LIGHT POLLUTION, SUNSETS in this part of the world are LUMINOUS wonders. It’s a time to watch in appreciation as the sun sinks into the Mozambique Channel, turning the sky a MOLTEN gold and providing a SPECTACULAR BACKDROP to Organ Pipes’ STRIKING SILHOUETTE.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- What is the most impressive natural location you have ever visited?
- Have you ever traveled by boat? Did you get SEASICK?
- Where did you see the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen?
- Have you ever gone bird-watching?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Day trip
- Endangered species