Earth Science 2 (Gems and Minerals)
2. What is acid mine drainage? How does it harm the environment?
3. What was the 1872 Mining Law? What have the consequences of this law been?
4. How do mining operations in developing countries violate human rights?
5. Why is the recycling of strategic elements so important? Describe the different ways it can be done
2. What is the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act? How does it work?
2. Under what conditions would underground mining be used? Also, describe the differences between surface and underground mining techniques
Minerals.net- another good mineral database
Super deep diamond reveals minerals from the mantle never before-seen
2. Describe what happens in both ionic and covalent bonding
2. Where would element 119 be placed on the periodic table? Would you expect it to be a metal, nonmetal, or metalloid? What properties would you expect it to have?
3. Compare the properties of metals to nonmetals, describing at least four differences between them
4. Pick any element from the periodic table, research it, and record its name, symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, melting and boiling point, color, and uses. Cite your sources.
Play the 'states of matter' interactive game
Excellent interactive Periodic Table with all the info
Interactive Periodic Table
Another really nice interactive Periodic Table
Another good interactive Periodic Table
2. List and describe the three parts of an atom. What separates the atoms of different elements?
3. What are valence electrons? What do they do? What does the Periodic Table tell you about the elements in a group?
2. Define each of the geologic provinces of Arizona, and describe the formation of the Basin and Range landscape
3. What do we think is responsible for creating the PETM, and how?
4. What caused the formation of the Grand Canyon?
1.7 billion-year old chunk of North America found stuck to Australia
2. Describe what caused Earth's climate to cool and sea levels to drop during the Neogene Period
3. What future rocks and fossils will identify the Anthropocene?
Scientists find fossils from the last day of the Cretaceous Period
Another article about this incredible find
2. What's the difference between relative and absolute age? How are each determined?
Smithsonian interactive timeline
Interactive timeline from UC Berkeley
Another one from NOAA
Another one from the British Geological Society
Good explanation of the geologic column
2. Research and summarize how a fossil forms. Cite your source.