Exploring for Petroleum , Modeling an Oil Reserve

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/exploring-petroleum-modeling-oil-reserve
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)
Summary:"Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means """"""""oily rock."""""""" Petroleum is called a fossil fuel because it is geologically very old and is found in the ground, like fossils. Abundant oil and natural gas form only where conditions in the Earth are just right. Doing this investigation will help you understand how geoscientists identify and explore petroleum-rich reserves. The participants make their own hidden oil reserves and exchange them with other participants; mapping out """"""""probing sites"""""""" on the model, the participants have a chance to experience the trickiness of finding and drilling for oil."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Structure and function; Systems and system models
Subjects: earth science week; energy; engineering; geology; geoscience; hydraulic fracturing; maps; natural gas; natural resources; oil and gas; petroleum
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