Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn October 29, 2013, the first section of the Marmaray opened in Istanbul, Turkey. The Marmaray is a rail line that connects Europe and Asia beneath the historic Bosporus Strait.Turkish officials have nicknamed the Marmaray the “Iron Silk Road” after the ancient trade route linking China and the Mediterranean basin. When complete, the Marmaray will be the first nonstop rail line connecting China to Europe.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ancient Adjective
large settlement with a high population density.
chemical element with the symbol Fe.
Mediterranean basin Noun
land that surrounds the Mediterranean Sea.
public transportation Noun
methods of movement that are available to all community members for a fee, and which follow a fixed route and schedule: buses, subways, trains and ferries.
rail line Noun
railroad line, or a road having a permanent line of fixed rails for trains to use.
to bring back to life.
Silk Road Noun
ancient trade route through Central Asia linking China and the Mediterranean Sea.
narrow passage of water that connects two larger bodies of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: strait trade Noun
buying, selling, or exchanging of goods and services.
trade route Noun
path followed by merchants or explorers to exchange goods and services.
necessary or very important.