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一、【Text】课文

Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it Angouleme. He described

it as 'a very agreeable situation located within two small hills in the midst of which flowed a great river.' Though Verrazano is by

no means considered to be a great explorer, his name will probably remain immortal, for on November 21st, 1964, the greatest

bridge in the world was named after him.

The Verrazano Bridge, which was designed by Othmar Ammann, joins Brooklyn to Staten Island. It has a span of 4260 feet. The

bridge is so long that the shape of the earth had to be taken into account by its designer. Two great towers support four huge

cables. The towers are built on immense underwater platforms made of steel and concrete. The platforms extend to a depth of

over 100 feet under the sea. These alone took sixteen months to build. Above the surface of the water, the towers rise to a height

of nearly 700 feet. They support the cables from which the bridge has been suspended. Each of the four cables contains 26,108

lengths of wire. It has been estimated that if the bridge were packed with cars, it would still only be carrying a third of its total

capacity. However, size and strength are not the only important things about this bridge. Despite its immensity, it is both simple

and elegant, fulfilling its designer's dream to create 'an enormous object drawn as faintly as possible'.

二、【New words and expressions】生词和短语

◆suspension n. 悬,吊

◆agreeable adj. 宜人的

◆situation n. 地点,地方

◆locate v. 位于

◆immortal adj. 永生的,流芳百世的

◆Brooklyn n. 布鲁克林(纽约一区名)

◆Staten n. 斯塔顿(岛)

◆span n. 跨度

◆cable n 缆索

◆concrete n. 混泥土

◆suspend v. 悬挂

◆length n. 根,段

◆estimate v. 估计

◆immensity n. 巨大

 

◆capacity n. 承受量

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