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:Evolution:Patterns, Biology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Diversity, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Acid/Base Reactions, Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology
Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories, Importation of field observations into the classroom, Activities:Lab Activity, Field Activity:Field trip
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, Biosphere:Diversity, Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Ecology, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology:Field Methods, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Acid/Base Reactions, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology, Microbiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience, Geochemistry