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    What is the meaning of the phrase "to survive in a delicate balance" and how can I paraphrase it?

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    "The wildlife, the native peoples and now the newcomers all depend on this landscape: Alaska survives in a delicate balance. The moods of the weather, the extremes of its climate dictate how life is lived. It’s a reminder that we are not above nature, but that nature is above us."

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    Default Re: in a delicate balance

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    What is the meaning of the phrase "to survive in a delicate balance" and how can I paraphrase it?

    Here is a context!

    "The wildlife, the native peoples and now the newcomers all depend on this landscape: Alaska survives in a delicate balance. The moods of the weather, the extremes of its climate dictate how life is lived. Itís a reminder that we are not above nature, but that nature is above us."

    Thank you!
    Alaska's survival is a delicate balance between things which could change things for the worst, like the effects of global warming and things which tend to counter-balance these effects like, maybe, increased industrialisation which produces pollution which could block sunlight and cause cooling.
    If either of these effects outstrips (or out-balances) the other, Alaskans could find their way of life altered, probably making it worse.

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    Default Re: in a delicate balance

    Thank you for your help.

    Still, I'm not sure I'd know how to paraphrase it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    Thank you for your help.

    Still, I'm not sure I'd know how to paraphrase it.
    Why not have a go? We'll correct it.
    You know what paraphrasing is. You know what the phrase means. Your turn.

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    Default Re: in a delicate balance

    I'm thankful to Buggles for giving me a hint, but I'm afraid I still don't know the precise meaning of the phrase to be able to paraphrase it. The meaning is all too apstract...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    I'm thankful to Buggles for giving me a hint, but I'm afraid I still don't know the precise meaning of the phrase to be able to paraphrase it. The meaning is all too apstract...
    The various elements of the Alaskan ecosystem exist in a precarious equilibrium.
    The Alaskan environment is fragile.
    In Alaska, there is a potentially unstable relationship between the natural environment and the organisms that live in it.

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