Reading 3.4

  • Read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.

New uses for salt mines  

Geological deposits of salt were formed millions of years ago, when what is now land, lay under the  sea. It is hard to believe that salt is now such a cheap (1) …….. , because centuries ago it was the  commercial (2) …….. of today’s oil. The men who mined salt became wealthy and, although the work  was (3) …….. and frequently dangerous, a job in a salt mine was highly (4) …….. .  

Nowadays, the specific microclimates in disused mines have been (5) …….. for the treatment of  respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and the silent, dark surroundings in a mine are considered  (6) …….. in encouraging patients to relax.  

In addition, some disused mines have been (7) …….. to different commercial enterprises, although  keeping up-to-date with the technology of mining is essential to (8) …….. visitors’ safety. Some of the  largest underground chambers even host concerts, conferences and business meetings. 

 

1              A provision                              B utility                          C material                        D commodity  

2             A match                                    B similarity                    C parallel                         D equivalent  

3             A critical                                   B demanding                 C extreme                        D straining  

4             A regarded                               B admired                      C approved                      D honoured  

5             A exploited                               B extracted                    C exposed                        D extended  

6            A profitable                               B agreeable                   C beneficial                      D popular  

7            A put down                                B turned over               C made out                       D set about  

8           A enable                                     B retain                          C ensure                            D support 

 

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