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View Resource A Community & Strip Mining Lesson Plan

This lesson plan on strip mining from AgrowKnowledge uses the example of a community that has been impacted by the effects of absentee landownership, extractive industry and corrupt government and regulatory agencies. It particularly focuses on the topic of absentee landownership through several discussion questions. Suggestions for further research are also included.

View Resource Resource Depletion

This lesson plan from ATEEC will instruct students on resource management practices. The activity would be most appropriate for environmental biology or general science classes. The purpose of the lesson is to teach the cost effectiveness of mining and the disposal of mined materials. Students 'mine' a shoebox of birdseed to collect bbs. Penalties are assessed for environmental damage. The...

View Resource Get the Lead Out! An Interdisciplinary Case Study

This interdisciplinary case study is intended to teach the nature of mining operations and their effect on the environment. Students will use atomic absorption spectroscopy to test for lead contamination in groundwater samples. The lesson would be useful for high school or lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes...

View Resource Toxic Gold Rush

This radio broadcast outlines the recent upsurge in gold mining, particularly small-scale operations, and the resulting problem of mercury pollution. A brief introduction to the use of mercury to separate gold is presented, and a United Nations technical adviser discusses the health effects, which are especially serious for poor people in small countries. The clip is 2 minutes in length and may...

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