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Making History at the PHC



Making History at the PHC
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     challenging words:    airlock, cataloged, finding, best, undertake, disprove, historic, beating, various, anticipate, cargo, conference, level, prove, docking, structure
     content words:    Permanent Human Colony


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Making History at the PHC
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The excitement level at the PHC was higher than Tim had ever seen it. Everyone was talking about the new acquisition, and everyone had an opinion. Tim had just heard about it at school that day, and he couldn't wait to ask his dad about it.
 
2     Tim's dad was the director of the PHC which was short for Permanent Human Colony. This facility was an ocean-floor living and research structure. Tim and his family had lived and worked here for a long time. Several families lived here. Most of the adults were marine biologists. They did research at the PHC so that they could learn how to protect the ocean and the animals that lived there. Some of the best marine biologists and ocean research scientists in the world worked at the PHC.
 
3     That is why, when news broke that a fossil had just been found that was believed to be a prehistoric whale, everyone was excited. Fossils similar to this had been found before, so just the fact that a new fossil was found was not such a big deal. What did cause a stir was that the fossil was being brought to the PHC in order to be studied.
 
4     Tim had heard rumors that this fossil could also be very special. It was believed to be one of the largest ever found. If that proved to be true, it could fill in some of the gaps in the fossil record and help to prove or disprove many theories.
 
5     The fossil had actually been found not far from the PHC. That was one of the reasons why the decision was made to bring it here. Also, the fact that some of the best scientists were already assembled at the PHC didn't hurt, either.

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