Cannon Against Avalanches – level 3

18-01-2022 15:00

To prevent avalanches on Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains, peopled used a 1950’s howitzer.

In combat, people used it as an anti-aircraft weapon, and now it is keeping a nearby village safe. The howitzer fires a shell which starts a small avalanche. These are safe and prevent too much snow build-up which could then result in a big, dangerous avalanche.

Difficult words: prevent (stop from happening), howitzer (a type of a cannon which fires upwards), shell (bomb).

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