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CNN英语新闻:用玛雅金字塔碎石填路 专家称无知的难以置信(双语)

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被用来修路材料居然来自金字塔,这事儿发生在中美洲国家的伯利兹,这个国家的北部是几千年前玛雅文明的家园,但是古老遗迹被用来修路了。
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A king-size conundrum ruins ruined, twins who are both first,
一座特大王室废墟遭到摧毁,都是第一的双胞胎,

that's all coming up at this Thursday edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.
这就是这个星期四CNN学生新闻的内容。

We start with a threat of severe weather.
我们首先从严重威胁的天气开始。

The tropical cyclone, which is the same kind of storm as a hurricane,
热带气旋作为飓风,和暴风同样,

and the United Nations agency says more than 8 million people in Bangladesh and Myanmar could be in danger from this one.
而联合国机构表示在孟加拉国和缅甸超过800万人正面临这一危险。

The storm is moving through the Gulf of Bengal.
风暴正在通过孟加拉海湾。

 Forecasters think it will hit land late today early Friday.
预测专家认为它将在今天晚些时候周五早些时候登陆。

When it does, it's expected to bring strong winds and very heavy rain.
如果确实如此,它会带来强风和暴雨。

Authorities in aid groups are trying to help people prepare before this thing hits.
而救援小组当局正试图帮助人们准备。

One official says it's really a race against time.
一位官员称这真的是在与时间赛跑。

These storms have different names,
这些暴风有着不同的名称,

based on what part of the world they are in.
根据其在世界所属的部分。

Ivan Cabrera has more on that and explains some of the science behind them.
伊万?卡巴雷拉将会从其背后更多的科学为您解释。

When tropical cyclone is an area of low pressure that forms in the tropical regions of the world.
当热带气旋所处的是低压区域,就形成世界上的热带地区。

Cyclones are actually very important,
气旋实际上非常重要,

even though, of course, they can be deadly,
虽然,它们当然可以致命,

they help essentially balance out the temperature across the globe.
但气旋能够基本上帮助平衡全球温度。

They are an equalizer ,
它们就是均衡器,

so they take the heat energy from the tropics and they translate that where we need it into the colder climates.
所以它们将来自热带的热能转成进我们在更冷气候的所需。

The generic term for it is a tropical cyclone.
按照通用术语来说,它是一种热带气旋。

That can refer to any cyclone that has a closed center circulation anywhere in the world,
在世界的任何地方一个封闭中心的循环都可以被称为气旋,

like in the Atlantic when it gets strong enough to a certain wind speed,
就像在大西洋,当它变得足够强大,并到了一定风速,

we call them hurricanes.
我们就称其为飓风。

But if you're in the western Pacific, a hurricane is called the typhoon.
但是如果你身处西太平洋,飓风则被称为台风。

There is no difference between a hurricane and a typhoon except in the name.
除了名字飓风和台风没有区别。

They're both tropical cyclones.
他们都是热带气旋。

Next up today: anger.
今天节目接下来的内容和愤怒有关。

It's about the materials being used to build the roads,
是关于被用来修建道路的材料,

specifically where these materials came from a pyramid.
特别是这些材料来自一座金字塔。

This happened in the Central American country of Belize.
这发生在中美洲国家的伯利兹。

The northern part of this nation was home to Mayan civilizations thousands of years ago.
这个国家的北部是几千年前玛雅文明的家园。

Those civilizations included pyramids that looked like this one,
那些文明包括金字塔, 看起来就像这一座,

some of them are still standing,
其中一些现在仍然矗立,

like one that was the center of a settlement around 250 B.C.
就像是中央这座大约在公元前250年建造的金字塔。

The pyramid was more than 60 feet tall.
它的高度超过60英尺。

I say was.
我说的是曾经是这样。

This is what's left of that Mayan pyramid.
而这是玛雅金字塔剩下的。

Someone came in with bulldozers and destroyed it,
有人开着推土机进来将它摧毁,

so they could use the limestone from the pyramid as road building material.
所以他们可以使用金字塔的石灰石作为道路建筑材料。

The pyramid was on private land,
金字塔虽然位于私人土地上,

but there are laws in Belize that protect these ancient ruins.
但是在伯利兹有法律保护这些古老遗迹。

Local officials says whoever's responsible should be prosecuted.
当地官员表示无论是谁的责任应该受到起诉。

A local archeologist called the pyramid's destruction an incredible display of ignorance.
一位当地的考古学家称金字塔的毁灭令人无知的难以置信。

词语解释

1.conundrum n.谜语;难题

a problem that is difficult to deal with

I'm going to tell you why this conundrum exists.
我打算告诉你们为什么这个谜题存在。

2.threat n.威胁;恐吓;凶兆

a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular action or order is not followed

His presence is a threat to our success.
他的出现对我们的成功是一个威胁。

3.forecaster n.预报员;预测者

a person who tells you what particular conditions are expected to be like

The weather forecaster said it was going to rain today.
气象员说今天要下雨。

4.equalizer n.均衡器

the point in a game or competition that gives both teams or players the same score

When enabled, an equalizer plugin filters the audio stream.
启用时,将会对音频流应用均衡器插件。

5.bulldozer n.推土机;欺凌者

a heavy vehicle with a large blade in front, used for pushing earth and stones along and for making areas of ground flat at the same time

The bulldozer can be handled easily.
这种推土机操纵方便。

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