ES Module 13 : Mineral Resources and Mining
Lesson 1 : Minerals and Rocks
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.19 Describe how different natural resources are produced and how their rates of use and renewal limit availability.
Objective(s): (1) Explain what a mineral is, (2) Describe how minerals form, (3) Identify types of rocks and the stages of the rock cycle.
Essential Question: Where do minerals come from?
Vocabulary: mineral, precipitation, polymorph, rock, rock cycle, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 13-1; Minerals and Rocks IP
Lesson 2 : Mining
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.15 Discuss the effects of technology on environmental quality.
Objective(s): (1) Identify the types of resources that are mined, (2) Describe different methods used for mining, (3) Explain how metals are processed.
Essential Question: How are mineral resources accessed?
Vocabulary: ore, strip mining, subsurface mining, open pit mining, mountaintop removal, placer mining, tailings, smelting.
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 13-2; Mining IP
Lesson 3 : Mining Impacts and Regulation
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.16 Discuss the large-scale environmental impacts resulting from human activity, including waste spills, oil spills, runoff, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, and surface and groundwater pollution.
Objective(s): (1) Describe the negative impacts of mining on the environment and society, (2) Explain how mining is regulated, (3) Describe ways that mineral use can become more responsible.
Essential Question: How can we reduce the negative impacts of mining and manage mined resources?
Vocabulary: acid drainage
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 13-3; Mining Impact and Regulation IP
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