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Hi teachers,

It's about the oil spills, and how quickly people forget and not long for them to reinvent into the scene.

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The truly lasting effect of such disasters is not the obvious, however. It isn't the millions of dead mollusks and sea urchins in Brittany, which also saw the almost complete disappearance of some crustaceans, tens of thousands of dead birds, and decimated oyster beds and fisheries. It isn't the massive bird kills caused by Ixoc, most whose oil stayed far out at sea rather than hitting vulnerable coasts. And it isn't the still-moribund herring fishery in Prince William Sound, the otters ....

The legacy of environmental castastrophes is, instead, a hybrid of amnesia and habituation. That is the public forgets more quickly now than in the past....

1. The writer uses three "it isn't", which in full means "It isn't the obvious", is it correct?

2. Does that mean the three "it isn't" are also the truly lasting effect she describes at the beginning of the sentence?

3. Does "the obvious" refer to the second paragraph "The legacy..."?

4. What the writer describes are very serious harm done to the ecosystem, but the way she writes it, using "it isn't", is she trying to insinuate a larger issue, which the second paragrahy tries to bring out?

Thank you very much.

Tinanam
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1. The writer uses three "it isn't", which in full means "It isn't the obvious", is it correct?-- I'm not sure what you are thinking. Those 3 instances are the obvious. 'It is not the obvious: it is not A, B, or C'.

2. Does that mean the three "it isn't" are also the truly lasting effect she describes at the beginning of the sentence?-- No; the opposite. They are NOT the truly lasting effects.

3. Does "the obvious" refer to the second paragraph "The legacy..."?-- No. I can see now that you are reading it opposite to what is meant.

4. What the writer describes are very serious harm done to the ecosystem, but the way she writes it, using "it isn't", is she trying to insinuate a larger issue, which the second paragrahy tries to bring out?- Not 'insinuate'-- She is laying it out boldly and clearly, but yes-- the 2nd paragraph is the larger issue, the truly lasting effect.
Hi Mister Micawber,

Thank you for your help. I'm trying to figure out the problem here. I'd like to ask a few questions which may help myself understand further.

1. Is "the truly lasting effect" apparent or it's not apparent?

2. Is there a difference between "the obvious" and "obvious"

Her lack of work experience is obvious.

Her lack of work experience is the obvious.

3. When the sentence suddenly starts with "It isn't", I just assume "It isn't what?"

4. When you give me "It is not the obvious: It is not A, B or C,". Do you mean the sentence reads in other way like this:

It's not the obvious: It's not A the obvious, it is not B the obvious, or it's not C the obvious,

or

It's not the obvious: A is not the obvious, B is not the obvious, or C is not the obvious.

Thank you so much in advance.

Tinanam
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1-- It's apparent when she tells us in the 2nd paragraph.

2-- 'The' makes 'obvious' a noun.

3-- Why assume? Just continue reading the next phrase, which is the complement: the dead birds, the dead herrings, etc.

4-- It's not the obvious: It's not the obvious A, it's not the obvious B, it's not the obvious C.
Hi Mister Micawber,

I'm sorry I still don't understand. I think this is too advanced for me at this stage to understand, but I'd really like to understand it. I'd to add a preceding paragraph to the two existing paragraphs in my thread.

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The writer starts in her first paragraph:

In trying to predict the long term effect of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the obvious places to seek clues are other mammoth oil spills. We can look to .......Or we can analyze Ixtoc..........Or we can look to Prince William Sound......

The truly lasting effect of such disasters is not the obvious, however. It isn't the obvious A.. It isn't..B. And it isn't...C

The legacy of environment.....a hybrid of amnesia and habituation.

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>> My question is "It isn't the obvious A of what ", "It isn't the obvious B of what", "It isn't the obvious C of what". Why does the writer say "it isn't"? What does "it" refer to?

Thank you very much.

Tinanam
The truly lasting effect of such disasters is not the obvious [effect], however. It [= the truly lasting effect] isn't the millions of dead mollusks [effect].
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Hi Mister Micawber,

I understand now. Thank you for your time.

Tinanam