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Ch 23: Economic Geology & Mineral Resources Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Economic Geology & Mineral Resources chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach ore and mineral formation in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

5 Lessons in Chapter 23: Economic Geology & Mineral Resources Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Economic Geology?

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.

What Distinguishes Ore from Other Mineral Deposits?

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.

Finding and Assessing Mineral Resources

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.

How Minerals Become Concentrated

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.

Plate Tectonics and the Location of Mineral Deposits

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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