Building Blocks: Matter and Minerals
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to the make-up of minerals on both Earth and Mars, as well as encourage students to determine what minerals imply an aqueous environment of formation.
Students will be able to:
- Observe different rock-forming minerals and hypothesize their relationship to water
- Use CRISM and HiRISE images to identify regions on Mars where aqueous conditions might have been present.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
- In-Class Activity 1: Follow the Water
- Homework 1: Identifying the Clay: Endeavor Crater
- Student Version (Acrobat (PDF) 569kB Mar11 14)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- For In-Class Activity 1 either (a) print off colored copies for students, (b) have samples in hand specimen of each mineral for students to observe, or (c) use the image file to show students the minerals.
- For a large class size >20 where you would like to use hand-specimens, have a scope attached to your projector so students may observe "up-close".
- Become familiar with JMARS software prior to class (loaded on whatever machine you will be using for presentation), especially with viewing CRISM and HiRISE image stamps to discern mineralogy on Mars.
- Students should have a working understanding of how to navigate and use JMARS prior to completing Homework 1.
- Assessment is imbedded within each In-Class Activity.