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16.2 Environmental Concerns

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 16.2: Environmental Concerns. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Mining Impact on Native Lands,
This module, based on the original work of Ellen Dockery, is a student-generated case study looking at the environmental, economic and health impacts of gold mining on the lands and lives of the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. It is part of a series of case studies on the impacts of resource development on Native American lands.

The American Coal Foundation
This web site has a variety of teaching resources on coal. These include lesson plans, lists of videos, and an online glossary of coal-related terms.

Cement and Concrete Basics, by Portland Cement Association
A wide range of information on concrete (i.e., components, hydration processes, and its different forms) is accessible to users by visiting this site.

Methods of Mining, by Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky
Provides information on the various aspects of surface mining methods.

Discovering Australia's Mineral Deposits, by Australian Academy of Science
Read this article to learn about techniques used for mining deep ore deposits

Mining and Mineral Resources, by USGS
Discover the locations of the most common metallic minerals mined in the world, such as copper, gold, silver, lead, and zinc.

Gravity Method, by New Jersey Geological Survey
Are you curious how the gravity method is used? Then follow this link to find out. Also, view actual data driven by a gravimeter.

The Gravity Geophysical Method, by NM Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources
This site provides information on the general use of the gravimeter. Learn how this instrument is used on the surface of the moon. Also view data derived from this instrument regarding the densities of lunar rocks.

Magnetic Method, by New Jersey Geological Survey
Magnetometers are important tools for locating minerals. Explore this site to learn how these are used.

Magnetic Method, by Geovision
Scientists uncover buried iron objects using the magnetic method. This site provides a good overview of how this method works.

Seismic Methods, by New Jersey Geological Survey
Find out how acoustic waves propagating through the subsurface of the Earth can reveal important data for determining locations of mineral deposits. This site explores seismic refraction and seismic reflection methods.

Start a Mine, by Canada's Natural Resources, Minerals and Metals Sector
This is an interactive site created to engage the users in the mining cycle, beginning with claim staking and continuing through operations, to the closure of the site, and finally its rehabilitation. Additional information on mineral exploration is also available.

Virtual Copper Mine Tour Copper Mining In Arizona, by John Hernlund
Explore methods used to separate minerals from their host rock are explored at this site.

Safety of Tailings Dams, by Wise Uranium Project
This site will give you an introduction to tailing dams and the possible failures that could occur. The proper way to handle tailings is also discussed.

New World Gold Mine and Yellowstone National Park, by National Library for the Environment
Investigate the potential hazards of developing mineral deposits located near Yellowstone National Park.

TED Case Studies: Mining in Papua (New Guinea), by American University
The focus of this study is the environmental effects of the mineral resources development in Papua, New Guinea. Learn why local residents, particularly those of the Bougainville region, have taken to armed resistance to protest the mining industry.

Past Projects, by Shaft Sinkers
View annotated pictures of deep mining projects at this site.

Bureau of Deep Mine Safety, by Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection
Visit this site to read about a miner's first day working in a deep mine.

Forum: Environmental Health Perspectives, by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Explore critical issues regarding the health of miners. Information on the hazards of mines as well as consequential health conditions of mining over time are offered at this site.

Safety, by NSW Mineral Council
Did you know that there are health hazards associated with emissions from diesel engines inside deep mines is offered? Click here to learn more.

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Virtual Quarry
This might be a little young for high schoolers, but it is worth a look. It is cartoon animation about mining in a quarry.

Mineral Resources Education Program of BC
Browse a series of videos explaining the origin and extraction of diamonds in Canada.

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