Q41. Updated reading and writing fill in the blanks

Reading and Writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.  

Clones of an Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) in the Bronx and other city spots grew to double the biomass of clones (1……………) outside small towns upstate or on Long Island, says Jillian Gregg, now of the Environmental Protection Agency’s western-ecology division in Corvallis, Ore. The growth gap comes from ozone damage, she and her New York colleagues report. Ozone chemists have known that concentrations may spike skyscraper high in city air,but during a full 24 hours, rural trees actually get a higher cumulative ozone exposure from urban pollution that (2………….) in and lingers. A series of new experiments now shows that this hang-around ozone is the (3……………) factor in tree growth, the researchers say in the July 10 Nature. “This study has profound importance in showing us most vividly that rural areas pay the (4…………..) for urban pollution,” says Stephen P. Long of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “This work should be a wake-up call,” he adds.

1. planted, produced, protected, preserved
2. breezes, blows, puffs, set
3. surprising, frightening, overwhelming, astonishing
4. lessons, price, effect, cost 

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