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Investigation 7:
Tracing a Material to its Source

This investigation will help you to:

To learn more about household objects that are made of mined materials, visit the following web sites:

Minerals and Metals at Home!,
Canada's Natural Resources
Click on the "Take the Tour" button to begin your interactive investigation of the minerals that make up common household items. You can even test your knowledge by clicking on the "Take the Test" button.

Our Hidden Treasures...,
Canada's Natural Resources, Minerals and Metals Sector
Discover the variety of household uses for minerals, including entertainment, travel, communications, and more by exploring this site.

To learn more about household objects that are made of grown materials, visit the following web sites:

Plant/Crop-Based Renewable Resources 2020,
US Dept. of Energy
For an in-depth look at the past and future uses as well as new initiatives for plant/crop-based renewable resources, visit this site.

Biobased Chemicals and Materials,
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
Visit this web site to explore the basics of products, applications, and technology generated by biomass resources.

Renewable Bioproducts,
Office of Industrial Technology, EREN
You will find a basic list of products made from renewable energy sources at this site. It offers information on current use of plant resources for industrial products, and cost comparisons for hydrocarbons vs. plants.



Investigation 1

Investigation 2

Investigation 3

Investigation 4

Investigation 5

Investigation 6

Investigation 7

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