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Below is a sample breakdown of the Economic Geology & Mineral Resources chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Economic geology||Economically valuable mineral resources and ore deposits; factors affecting their market value|
|Tuesday||Ore characteristics||Differences between ore deposits and other mineral deposits|
|Wednesday||Finding mineral resources||Methods for locating mineral deposits and estimating their grade|
|Thursday||Mineral formation||Igneous, sedimentary and biological processes causing mineral formation and concentration|
|Friday||Mineral locations||The relationship between mineral deposit locations and tectonic plate boundaries|
1. What is Economic Geology?
Explore the field of geology that provides us with the raw earth materials we need. In this lesson, we'll learn the scope of economic geology and introduce some topics that will be covered in greater detail in the rest of the chapter.
2. What Distinguishes Ore from Other Mineral Deposits?
Ore deposits provide the raw materials that allow our society to function. In this lesson, we'll look at the driving forces that cause ore deposits to be unique from non-valuable mineral deposits.
3. Finding and Assessing Mineral Resources
Because mineral resources are so rare, they are not easy to locate. In this lesson, we'll learn the process that geologists use to find and assess valuable mineral deposits.
4. How Minerals Become Concentrated
In order to locate valuable mineral resources, geologists have to understand how these resources are concentrated in the earth. This lesson examines the six methods through which valuable minerals are concentrated by natural processes.
5. Plate Tectonics and the Location of Mineral Deposits
In this lesson, we learn why a large portion of Earth's valuable mineral deposits are located along current and ancient tectonic plate boundaries. We'll also review the types of plate boundaries and how mineral resources are formed at each type.
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