Strengths of the Module
Incorporates systems thinking inherent to the study of the rock cycle. It expands beyond the geosphere to include parts of the hydrosphere and atmosphere and how they are affected by mining.
Uses real-life examples of issues related to resource management and extraction for collaborative problem solving. These problems incorporate ideas from economics, social and environmental justice, and the geosciences.Content is delivered using a variety of student-centered activities, including group discussions, concept mapping, jigsaws, and cooperative learning.
Several student activities are hands-on, developing skills including analysis of actual geoscience data, model-building, and hypothesis formation and testing.
The module is extremely flexible, allowing for reorganization of units and even picking and choosing only select activities and/or units.
A great fit for courses in:
- economic geology
- environmental science
- environmental geology
- introductory geology
- geological hazards
- global change
Table of Contents
- Instructor Materials: Overview of the Mineral Resources Module
Unit 1People, Products, and Minerals Unit 2Boom and Bust: How Econ 101 Relates to Rocks Unit 3Mining and Mining Impacts Unit 4Mineral Resources Created by Sedimentary Processes Unit 5Resources Created by Igneous and Metamorphic Processes Unit 6Mining, Society, and Decision Making
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