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To prevent a newly built dam on the Chiff River from blocking the rout

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New post 23 Oct 2018, 02:52
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sriramsundaram91 wrote:
I guess my brain is demented. Can anyone help this demented brain understand why option A to be wrong?
I have read the experts reply. I am still not able to digest why A is wrong? Fish that have migrated upstream breeding grounds don't return the chiff river again.
If there were several thousand fishes and if they had already migrated(they would not want to go downstream for some reason). Only a few would have been left. These few would try to migrate using the fish pass thus attributing to the fewer fish that use the fish pass.


Every year, during spawning season, several 1000s of fish swim upriver to breeding grounds.
This happens during every spawning season. If the fish that have migrated do not come back, they do not come back every season. But still 1000s of fish swim upriver every day in every spawning season.

But in this spawning season (the first one after the dam got constructed), only 300 fish are swimming upriver. So either there is a problem with the fish pass or there are fewer fish or something else. Certainly, the new dam has had some impact this season.


I understand now; the fewer fish do not guarantee that there is no problem with the construction of the fish pass.
Simple yet,powerful Idea! Thanks.
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I used Pre-thinking technique, Now the issue is that the first thought I had was that there might have been a population decline because once the migration was done the fish never came back to their originating position. In such a scenario why option A is wrong?
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I used Pre-thinking technique, Now the issue is that the first thought I had was that there might have been a population decline because once the migration was done the fish never came back to their originating position. In such a scenario why option A is wrong?


Note the tone of the argument:

Before the construction of the dam and fish pass, several thousand fish a day swam upriver during spawning season. But in the first season after the project's completion, only 300 per day made the journey.

During spawning season, several 1000 fish used to swim upriver as a habitual thing. It used to happen in every spawning season. So this was not causing decrease in population. The change happened only after the project's completion.
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Thanks GMATNinja and VeritasKarishma for the wonderful explanations. It helped me rule out E to an extent.

I have made up a pictorial visualisation for this question, to understand it properly.
If possible, could you please assess the validity of the understanding as attached :)

My small query is:

There are two scenarios:

Before the construction of the dam and fish pass, several thousand fish a day swam upriver during spawning season

But in the first season after the project’s completion, only 300 per day made the journey.

Here we have FIRST SEASON and SPAWNING SEASON. Are they both same? How?
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Thanks GMATNinja and VeritasKarishma for the wonderful explanations. It helped me rule out E to an extent.

I have made up a pictorial visualisation for this question, to understand it properly.
If possible, could you please assess the validity of the understanding as attached :)

My small query is:

There are two scenarios:

Before the construction of the dam and fish pass, several thousand fish a day swam upriver during spawning season

But in the first season after the project’s completion, only 300 per day made the journey.

Here we have FIRST SEASON and SPAWNING SEASON. Are they both same? How?


Yes, we are talking about only one season and that is the spawning season. The first season after the dam opens means first spawning season.
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New post 31 May 2019, 15:19
Oof. GMATNinja - thank you for your detailed explanations, as always. This question was one that I did this morning and have really thought about for a few hours on and off. I am trying to understand the way I think, and how I need to tweak it in order to solve GMAT problems within the tight time constraints that I need to.

In this case, I was happy to see that my thinking wasn't unique: I too thought option (A) was right. I think when you read this type of passage, it's very easy to try and contextualize it based on how you're familiar with the process. I can't say I know anything about fish and spawning, but for some reason, the passage reads to me like they should go upstream during the spawning season, and back down to hang out for the remaining duration of the year. Funnily enough, no where in the text does it say this is true.

Option (A) struck a chord with my preconceived notions and I was tricked into thinking it was right. Despite option (C) sounding so incredibly reasonable when I read it, I stuck with my 'gut' and did not find 4 wrong answers, but rather 3, and then went to familiarity. Dun dun dun. Bad move.

Thank you guys for posting on this question and sharing your thoughts, all of your contributions have been very helpful! I had a head bang moment when I realized the logic and hence answer. In this case - what goes up, does not have to come down =)
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