Study Guide: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne|
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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: ONLINE NOTES / CHAPTER SUMMARY
The rising action of the story begins with Nemo’s attack on a warship.
Man versus Nature
The giant pearl, Ned Land's perfect eyesight
Mysterious and dark
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas contains a plethora of scientific
words and measurements that can be confusing:
Acre - a measurement of surface area equal to 43,560 square feet, approximately
the size of a football field.
Annelids - worms
Babiroussa - A pig from the East Indies
Byssus - filament that certain mollusks, such as mussels, use to attach themselves to rocks
Cetacean - any marine mammal classified as a Cetacea. They include dolphins, whales, and porpoises.
Dugong - A plant-eating marine mammal that has flippers and can be found in the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Pacific Ocean.
Echeneis - a type of fish that adheres to other large fish and vessels with a sucker.
Echinoderm - a marine invertebrate that has parts radiating symmetrically from its center - for example: a starfish
Fathom - a nautical measurement for 6 feet or depth from the surface.
Fucus - brown algae
Hydrophytes - a plant adapted to grow in water
Hyracotherium - This is an extinct genus of horse
Ichthyologist - a scientist that studies fish.
Kraken - A sea monster that is featured in Norwegian legend.
League - Three miles of distance.
Leviathan - a huge and monstrous sea creature that is discussed in the bible
Narwhal - An arctic whale with an ivory horn protruding from its head.
Nereocysti - Giant Seaweed
Oreodon - An extinct mammal, similar to a deer.
Pintadine - a kind of shellfish, some of which produce pearls
Polyp - coelenterate, such as a hydra or coral
Poop - An enclosed structure at the stem of a ship
Port - left side of a ship (as one faces the front of the ship)
Starboard - right side of a ship (as one faces the front of the ship)
Terra firma - solid, dry ground; land
Zoophytes - invertebrate animals, such as a sea anemone or sponge
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