Determining Mineral Reserves

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Minerals Education Coalition (MEC); Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)
Publication Date:2018
Summary:Common things we use every day, like roads, sidewalks, schools, hospitals, and homes -- to name a few -- are made up of rocks and minerals. As a resource, they are called mineral reserves and include materials like sand, gravel, limestone, granite, and other aggregate and construction materials. These important resources are located underground, requiring technicians and scientists to utilize various tools to determine the quantity and quality of these materials. This activity explores physical testing, calculations and scientific methods commonly used to determine the quantity of mineral reserves.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; agi; earth science; earth science week; geoscience; high school; middle school; mineral resources; mining; natural resources
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