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group consists of 11 students between 14 and 16 years. We are in 9th and
10th grade. 3 teachers also take part.
There are 4 different types of high schools in German: Gymnasium, Realschule,
Hauptschule, and Gesamtschule. Our school is a Gymnasium. A Gymnasium
is no hall for doing sports; it's like we have already said, a type of
high school. After elementary school people who have chosen the Gymnasium
have to go there for 9 more years to graduate. After this you have the
opportunity to study. There are 3 special things about Marie-Curie-Gymnasium.
First we have so-called bilingual branch. The subjects geography, politics
and history are taught in English. Our school is known for its active
work in saving the environment. And the third thing is the so called DQ
(double qualification) in chemistry. This is a special training as a chemical
assistant, parallel to receiving the high school diploma.
Neuss is located in Western Germany, near the Rhine in the federal state
North Rhine- Westphalia. The Belgian and Dutch borders are not far away.
The next bigger cities are Dusseldorf and Cologne. Our city is one of
the oldest cities in Germany. 2000 years ago the Romans founded the so
called "Castra novesia" and that's why it is called Neuss today. 140,000
inhabitants live here. We have a great harbour and our landmark sign is
the "Quirinus Munster", and old church downtown.
Neuss is situated at the longitude of 6° 40' E and the latitude of 51°
13' N. Compared to St. Paul, Neuss lies 7° further north. The distance
to St. Paul is about 7830 km or 4949 miles. Neuss has got a temperate
climate influenced by the warm gulf stream. The average temperature in
January is slightly above 0° C, so our winters are about 10° warmer compared
to St. Paul. Time difference between St. Paul and Neuss is 7 hours.
The main waterways
biggest river, flowing directly next to Neuss is the Rhine. It comes from
the Swiss Alps and empties into the Dutch part of the North Sea. Typically
for Neuss is the Erft, a small river originating in a local mountain range,
called Eiffel, leading through Neuss into the Rhine. An artificial waterway
is the so called "Nordkanal", built by Napoleon. One of the most important
industrial sights of Neuss is our inland port, which is the second biggest
in Germany. It consists of five big harbour basins. Next to the harbour
lies a natural reservation, called "Olganginsel."
Here is a short summary of the topics related to water that we have discussed
- Is colorless
- Has no smell
- Has no taste
- Leads (conducts) electricity
Water can be used:
- To maintain organisms
- As a habitat
- For hygiene
- For the preparation
- For transportation
- Formula: H20
- Freezing point: 0°
- Boiling point: 100°
- Density: 4°