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Reading River Sediments: A Simulated Mineral Exploration

Kit #435
Reading River Sediments: A Simulated Mineral Exploration

Part 1 introduces or reviews the features and interpretation of a topographic map. In Part 2, students use geochemistry to help locate mineral deposits. They choose 10 (of 24 possible) simulated soil samples to test for the “concentration of molybdenum.” They use their results to try to determine the location of the molybdenum ore deposit. They then consider the trade-offs associated with undertaking the mining of the deposit. Ideally students will have some experience with topographic maps, but this is not mandatory. Students should be comfortable with the concepts of elevation and understanding how to interpret map scales and symbols.

Details at a Glance

  • 2-3 Days | 2-3 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 2 classes, each with 15 groups of 2 students
  • Consumables service 60 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Reading River Sediments: A Simulated Mineral Exploration Activity

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Scientific Concepts

•Erosion, deposition, and river hydrodynamics can play key roles in mineral exploration.
•Geochemistry can be used to locate mineral deposits.
•There are trade-offs, benefits, and risks associated with mineral exploration and mining.
•Increase student facility with map use and interpretation.
•Encourage cooperative group work and problem solving.
KEY VOCABULARY: contour interval, mine/mining, refine, contour line, ore deposit, topographic map

Guides & Student Sheets

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  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 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

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