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Russian Polar explorers have established that there is a
of volcanoes at the bottom of the deep-water area of the Arctic
Ocean. This was learned from stu-dies of undersea rocks.
This chain begins in the Atlantic Ocean, crosses Iceland
(Исландия) and can be traced far to the north, along the center
line of the Atlantic-Arctic deep-water area of the Arctic
The chain of undersea volcanoes separates the Norwegian Sea
from the Sea of Greenland, just as the central underwater
Atlantic chain cuts the ocean to the south of Iceland in two.
The presence of the Arctic chain of volcanoes was forecast
(предсказано) on the basis (база, основа) of geophysical data.
In the opinion of scientists, the volcanoes are now sleeping
in the Arctic, but they may become active at any time.
The volcano chain in the Arctic Ocean has been set down for
the first time almost completely on the charts prepared at
The Woodcutter (Лесоруб)
A woodcutter was grinding (точить) his axe (топор) when a
neighbor came along and said, "Why do you grind your
axe now? You can't go to the wood and cut trees in this storm".
"When the weather is fine I shall not be grinding my
axe, I shall be using it", answered the woodcutter.
PROVERBS OF MANY NATIONS
Paintings and fighting are best seen (1)
at a distance.
Benjamin Franklin (USA, 1706-1790)
Very late in life (2), when he was studying
geometry, someone said to Lacydes (3), "Is
it then a time for you to be learning now?" If it is
not", he replied, "when will it be?"
Diogenes Laertius (Rome, A.D. 200)
Experience is the name everyone gives to bis mistakes.
Oscar Wilde (England, 1856-1900)
(1) are best seen - лучше всего рассматривать
(2) very late in life - в глубокой старости
(3) Lacydes of Cyrene - Лакид Киренский,
греческий философ, 3 век до н.э.