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Reading River Sediments: A Simulated Mineral Exploration Activity

kit #435

This outstanding and engaging Lab-Aid provides a series of "hands-on" activities allowing students to apply key earth science concepts. Students conduct a mineral exploration which simulates real-life economic, societal and issue-oriented problems. The activities are designed to introduce and use topographic maps and learn about rock types, erosion and river dynamics. The kit is based on the understanding that as water works along the earth's surface and through the ground, it picks up small amounts of the minerals found in the rocks and sediments. Certain minerals ionize, then travel along in the moving water and later react chemically with the surface of river sediments. The closer the section of river is to a mineral deposit, the greater the detectable amount will be of the river sediments.
Since it is impractical to take a class out to the field to obtain samples, simulated sample river sediments are provided in the kit. Also provided are detailed topographic maps of a river system in a mountainous region, all necessary testing solutions and apparatus. This kit is reusable. Each sample site can be tested a minimum of 50 times with the material included in this package. Additional worksheets, topographic maps and test-site samples are available.


  • Use key earth science concepts to conduct a mineral exploration
  • Introduce and use topographic maps
  • Learn about erosion and river dynamics
  • Activities simulate real-life economic, societal and issue oriented problems

Content List in Reading River Sediments: A Simulated Mineral Exploration Activity is as follows:

Quantity Description
24 Vials Test Sites 1 - 24
24 Stir Sticks
15 Topographic Maps
15 LAB-AIDS Chemplates
15 Sets Sample Sites Choice Cards
3 Molybdenum Testing Solution, 15 mL drop-control bottles
1 Package LAB-AIDS Mining Money
30 Student Worksheet and Guides
1 Teacher’s Guide
1 SDS packet
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 15 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Reading River Sediments: A Simulated Mineral Exploration Activity 435 $162.75
Reading River Sediments BILINGUAL ENG/SP 435-BL $164.75
Molybdenum Testing Solution, 15 mL dropper bottle 435-25EA $3.25
Molybdenum Testing Solution, 120 mL bulk refill 435-25EA-B $6.95
Sediment Sample Set, Test Sites 1-24 435-TSET $135.00
VIAL TEST SITE #1, 1/PKG 435-01EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #2, 1/PKG 435-02EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #3, 1/PKG 435-03EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #4, 1/PKG 435-04EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #5, 1/PKG 435-05EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #6, 1/PKG 435-06EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #7, 1/PKG 435-07EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #8, 1/PKG 435-08EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #9, 1/PKG 435-09EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #10, 1/PKG 435-10EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #11, 1/PKG 435-11EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #12, 1/PKG 435-12EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #13, 1/PKG 435-13EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #14, 1/PKG 435-14EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #15, 1/PKG 435-15EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #16, 1/PKG 435-16EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #17, 1/PKG 435-17EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #18, 1/PKG 435-18EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #19, 1/PKG 435-19EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #20, 1/PKG 435-20EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #21, 1/PKG 435-21EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #22, 1/PKG 435-22EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #23, 1/PKG 435-23EA $7.50
VIAL TEST SITE #24, 1/PKG 435-24EA $7.50