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  Flying over a desert area in an airplane, two scientists looked down with trained eyes at treesand bushes. After an hour' s flight, one of the scientists wrote in his book, "Look here for probable metal. " Scientists in another airplane, flying over a mountain area, sent a message to other scientists on the ground, "Gold possible. " Walking across hilly ground, four scientists reported,"This ground should be searched for metal. " From an airplane over a hilly wasteland a scientistsent back by radio one word: "Uranium. "

  None of the scientists had X-ray eyes: they had no magic power of looking down below theearth' s surface. They were merely putting to use one of the newest methods of locating minerals inthe ground... trees and plants as signs that certain minerals may lie beneath the ground on whichthe trees and plants are growing.

  This newest method of searching for minerals is based on the fact that minerals deep in theearth may affect the kind of bushes and trees that grow in the surface.

  At Watson Bar Greek, a brook(小溪) six thousand feet high in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, a mineral search group gathered bags of tree seeds. Boxes were filled with smallbranches from the trees. Roots were dug and put into boxes. Each bag and box was carefullymarked. In a scientific laboratory, the parts of the forest trees were burned to ashes and tested.Each small part was examined to learn whether there were minerals in it.

  Study of the roots, branches, and seeds showed no silver. But there were small amounts ofgold in the roots and a little less gold in the branches and seeds. The seeds growing nearest to thetree trunks had more gold than those growing on the ends of the branches.

  26. Scientists were flying over a desert or a hilly wasteland or .a mountain area in order tosearch forin the ground.

  A. gold

  B. silver

  C. uraniumD. minerals

  27. The study of trees, branches and roots shows that

  A. there were larger amounts of gold in the branches than in the seeds

  B. there were smaller amounts of gold in the roots than in the branches

  C. there were less amounts of gold in the seeds growing on the ends of branches than seeds growing nearest to the tree trunks

  D. there was more gold in the branches than in the roots

  28. Which is the best title suggested below?

  A. Scientists Searching for Metals with Special Power

  B. New Methods of Searching for Minerals

  C. Gold Could Be Found by Trees and Plants

  D. A New Method of Searching for Minerals--Using Trees and Plants

  29. Which of the following is NOT mentioned as part of a tree that can help find minerals?

  A. Leaves.

  B. Roots.

  C. Branches.

  D. Seeds.

  30. The scientists were searching for minerals by using

  A. X-ray

  B. magic power

  C. a special instrument

  D. trained eyes

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  27.c【解析】细节题。从文中最后一句“The seeds growing nearest to the tree trunks had more gold than those growing on the ends of the branches.”(长在最接近树干上的种子比长在树枝根部的种子要含有更多的金元素)可知答案。故本题选择c。


  29.A【解析】细节题。从最后一段可知,通过研究roots,branches和 seeds可判定地下是否有矿产,而leaves在文章中却没有提到。故本题选择A。

  30.D【解析】细节题。从文章第一段的第一句“two scientists looked down with trained eyes at trees and bushes”(两位科学家用受过训练的眼睛观察树木和灌木)可知答案。故本题选择D。