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Earth's Veins

Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • Geography
  • Science

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Activity Description

Research a contemporary mine in Nevada. Using geomorphology, answer the following question:

  1. Would a cross-section map of ore deposits be similar today than in the past (see [Include a current map of veins of ore])? Why or why not?
  2. Present your answer in a 2-4 minute slideshow presentation with integrated visuals and supportive data.

Suggestion: Create a class blog where students can pose questions. Invite several geographers to respond to their blog entries.

Standards Addressed

  1. Geography
    1. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. G5.9-12.1: Use map elements including scale to identify and locate physical and human features in the United States and the world.
      2. G5.9-12.2: Analyze and interpret geographic information by selecting appropriate maps, map projections, and other representations, i.e., urban planning, national parks.
      3. G5.9-12.3: Apply concepts and models of spatial organization and use quantitative methods to identify and make decisions about geographic information.
      4. G5.9-12.8: Select and design maps, graphs, diagrams, tables, or charts to organize geographic information using a variety of technologies.
      5. G6.[9-12].2: Explain why characteristics of place change.
  2. Science
    1. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. E.12.C.2: Students understand the concept of plate tectonics including the evidence that supports it (structural, geophysical and paleontological evidence).
      2. E.12.C.3: Students know elements exist in fixed amounts and move through solid earth, oceans, atmosphere and living things as part of biogeochemical cycles.
      3. E.12.C.4: Students know processes of obtaining, using, and recycling of renewable and non-renewable resources.
      4. E.12.C.5: Students know soils, derived from weathered rocks and decomposed organic material, is found in layers.

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