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Students are challenged to prepare a report to that explains what mineral resources are, how they are used and extracted, and what impact their use has on the environment, all relative to a beverage container students are to design.




  • Understand how mineral resources are tied to other Earth systems.
  • Participate in scientific inquiry and construct logical conclusions based on evidence.
  • Recognize that minerals are an indispensable natural resource whose use and impact on the environment needs to be carefully monitored.
  • Appreciate the value of Earth science information in improving the quality of lives, globally and within the community.

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Last updated: May 11, 2010

This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the AGI Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.



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