Hands-on Experiments To Test for Acid Mine Drainage

Eleanora Robbins, Sandra McSurdy, Timothy Craddock, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

This is an on-line prototype for a book aimed at teaching kids the effects of acid mine drainage on our environment through experimentation and observation. Experiments introduce litmus paper, pH testing, neutralization, identification of aquatic organisms and their use as water quality indicators, acid mine drainage, organisms in acidic environments (including plants, bacteria, and algae), oxidation-reduction reactions, the manganese cycle, the water cycle, and treatments for acid mine drainage. The entire document is also available in a downloadable Adobe PDF format.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Biology, Diversity, Biogeochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Acid/Base Reactions, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology
Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories, Field trip , Importation of field observations into the classroom, Activities:Lab Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Acidic
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater, Biosphere:Evolution:Patterns, Biosphere:Ecology:Metabolism, Principles, Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Diversity, Methods of Microbiology, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Biosphere:Ecology, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Acid/Base Reactions, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology:Field Methods, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry