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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: The Exploration of Mars

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: The Exploration of Mars

The Exploration of Mars A. In 1877, Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer, made drawings and maps of the Martian surface that suggested strange features. The images from telescopes at this time were not as sharp as today‘s. Schiaparelli said he could see a network of lines, or canali. In 1894, an American astronomer, Percival Lowell, made a series of observations of Mars from his own observations of Mars from his own observatory at Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Lowell was convinced a…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Art in Iron and Steel

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Art in Iron and Steel

Art in Iron and Steel A. Works of engineering and technology are sometimes viewed as the antitheses of art and humanity. Think of the connotations of assembly lines, robots, and computers. Any positive values there might be in such creations of the mind and human industry can be overwhelmed by the associated negative images of repetitive, stressful, and threatened jobs. Such images fuel the arguments of critics of technology even as they may drive powerful cars and use the Internet…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland

The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland A. An architecture of disguise is almost complete at Talbot Park in the heart of Auckland‘s Glen Innes. The place was once described as a state housing ghetto, rife with crime, vandalism and other social problems. But today after a $48 million urban renewal makeover, the site is home to 700 residents – 200 more than before – and has people regularly inquiring whether they can buy or rent there. “It doesn‘t…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: London Swaying Footbridge

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: London Swaying Footbridge

London Swaying Footbridge A. In September 1996 a competition was organized by the Financial Times in association with the London Borough of Southwark to design a new footbridge across the Thames. The competition attracted over 200 entries and was won by a team comprising Amp (engineers), Foster and Partners (architects) and the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. B. The bridge opened to the public on 10 June 2000. Up to 100,000 people crossed it that day with up to 2000 people…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The history of salt

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The history of salt

The history of salt A. Salt is so simple and plentiful that we almost take it for granted. In chemical terms, salt is the combination of a sodium ion with a chloride on, making it one of the most basic molecules on earth. It is also one of the most plentiful: it has been estimated that salt deposits under the state of Kansas alone could supply the entire world‘s needs for the next 250,000 years. B. But salt is also…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: TV Addiction 2

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: TV Addiction 2

TV Addiction 2 A. Excessive cravings do not necessarily involve physical substances. Gambling can become compulsive; sex can become obsessive. One activity, however, stands out for its prominence and ubiquity – the world‘s most popular pastime, television. Most people admit to having a love-hate relationship with it. They complain about the “boob tube” and “couch potatoes,” then they settle into their sofas and grab the remote control. Parents commonly fret about their children‘s viewing (if not their own). Even researchers…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: Koalas

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: Koalas

Koalas A. Koalas are just too nice for their own good. And except for the occasional baby taken by birds of prey, koalas have no natural enemies. In an ideal world, the life of an arboreal couch potato would be perfectly safe and acceptable. B. Just two hundred years ago, koalas flourished across Australia. Now they seem to be in decline, but exact numbers are not available as the species would not seem to be “under threat”. Their problem, however,…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: Tea and Industrial Revolution

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: Tea and Industrial Revolution

Tea and Industrial Revolution A. Alan Macfarlane thinks he could rewrite history. The professor of anthropological science at King‘s College, Cambridge has, like other historians, spent decades trying to understand the enigma of the Industrial Revolution. Why did this particular important event –the world-changing birth of industry – happen in Britain? And why did it happen at the end of the 18th century? B. Macfarlane compares the question to a puzzle. He claims that there were about 20 different factors…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: The dugong: sea cow

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: The dugong: sea cow

The dugong: sea cow Dugongs are herbivorous mammals that spend their entire lives in the sea. Their close relatives the manatees also venture into or live in fresh water. Together dugongs and manatees make up the order Sirenia or sea cows, sonamed because dugongs and manatees are thought to have given rise to the myth of the mermaids or sirens of the sea. A. The dugong, which is a large marine mammal which, together with the manatees, looks rather like…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: Mass Production

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: Mass Production

Mass Production A. Despite its obvious connection, mass production was not a corollary to the modern Industrial Revolution. Various mass production techniques had been practiced in ancient times, from ceramic production in the Orient to manufacturing in ancient Greece. The British were most likely the first modern economy to adapt water-powered, then steam-powered, machinery to industrial production methods, most notably in the textiles industry. Yet it is generally agreed that modern mass production techniques came into widespread use through the…

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