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Identifying Minerals. A brief introduction to minerals. Mineral Fracture and cleavage. Minerals Education Coalition. MEC MINERALS IN OUR ELECTRICAL WORLD VIDEO SERIES Explore the formation, unique properties, mining and processing techniques and engineering uses of minerals in electrical products essential to our daily lives.

Minerals Education Coalition

These videos, from MEC and Edison Tech Center, can be paused after each section for further discussion or classroom activities. Educational Units on metals Delve into the mining, processing and use of these important metals in 16-page units created by Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold.Copper: More Than Metal (PDF download)Molybdenum: Helping To Build A Strong Future (PDF download) MEC aggregates teacher guide This guide will help you get the most out of MEC’s free online educational resources, low-cost supplemental materials, and other available aggregate teaching resources. Aggregates Teacher Guide (Download) smart, the international educational portal from rio tinto Solve math, science and business questions related to real-world operations in the global mining business. Rock & Mineral Bingo.

Kate Pound Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Dept., St.

Rock & Mineral Bingo

Cloud State University Author Profile This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. Scientific Accuracy Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments Pedagogic Effectiveness Robustness (usability and dependability of all components) Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page For more information about the peer review process itself, please see This page first made public: Dec 12, 2013 This is a rock and mineral 'Bingo' that is based on knowledge and skill (not luck). Context. Kane Koller's Profile. 1.2: Cleavage and Fracture. [Note: For embedded CFUs, information on transitions, content delivery, and important directions, please reference the attached Word document and look at embedded comments for additional information] This is another lesson with a lot happening!

1.2: Cleavage and Fracture

This lesson in particular is fairly technical in terms … Read more This is another lesson with a lot happening! This lesson in particular is fairly technical in terms of content. Required Materials: Gumdrops, toothpicks, up to ten (10) mineral samples [should have muscovite mica and quartz included]. Dig Into Mining. Test Yourself On ESCI 1005 Geology and Cinema- Rock and Mineral Identification Quiz Flashcards. Minerals Statistics and Information from the USGS. Mineral Properties, Uses and Descriptions. Diamond Diopside Dolomite Enstatite Epidote Fluorite Fuchsite Galena Garnet Glauconite Gold Graphite Gypsum.

Mineral Properties, Uses and Descriptions

The Price of Precious. The first child soldier pops out of the bush clutching an AK-47 assault rifle in one hand and a handful of fresh marijuana buds in the other.

The Price of Precious

The kid, probably 14 or 15, has this big, goofy, mischievous grin on his face, like he’s just stolen something—which he probably has—and he’s wearing a ladies’ wig with fake braids dangling down to his shoulders. Within seconds his posse materializes from the thick, green leaves all around us, about ten other heavily armed youngsters dressed in ratty camouflage and filthy T-shirts, dropping down from the sides of the jungle and blocking the red dirt road in front of us. Our little Toyota truck is suddenly swarmed and immobilized by a four-and-a-half-foot-tall army. This is on the road to Bavi, a rebel-controlled gold mine on the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s wild eastern edge. The mine in the Bavi area is a perfect example. “Sigara! When we get to Bavi, we sit down with the village elders and talk gold.

He burps—loudly. “For what?” U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan. The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys. The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President were recently briefed, American officials said. “There is stunning potential here,” Gen. , commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. Gemstone Home Page. Mineral Identification. Minerals Minerals are defined as naturally occurring, inorganic, solids with a definite chemical composition and a regular, internal crystalline structure.

Mineral Identification

The keys to this definition are the chemical composition and the crystalline structure. Different chemical compositions result in different minerals. A good example is the mineral plagioclase. Plagioclase is a member of the feldspar group, but there is more than one type of plagioclase. Different crystalline structures, or how the atoms and molecules are arranged, result in different minerals. Physical Properties Determination of the actual chemical composition and crystalline structure of a mineral is difficult without the proper equipment.

Below you will find a chart which defines the physical properties and provides the means for determining the physical property of a mineral sample. . * Definitions simplified or modified from Bates, R.L. and J.A.