①After flying about 7,000 kilometers
from Japan, you will see from the plane a
island nation on the beautiful blue ocean.
②It is called
③The country lines in the middle of the Pacific just below the
, about 1,000 kilometers north of
④It has nine small islands and has a land area of only 26 square kilometers with its highest point just five
⑤Tuvalu has a population of around 11,000 people, most of whom live in the
life, living in harmony with their
and enjoying the
⑦To make a living, they catch fish in the
waters and grow
, bananas, and
in their fields.
⑧Such a peaceful way of life has lasted for more than two thousand years, but now it is in danger of disappearing.
⑨For some reason, all the islands are now
into the ocean.
⑩They are vanishing from the face of the earth.