Through discussion and an assignment requiring research and analytical thinking, students will gain an understanding of modern mining, society’s reliance on the industry, and some of the challenges faced by modern mining professionals. Students will also be exposed to examples of the many professional disciplines on which the industry relies.
The assignment in this lesson challenges students to consider factors affecting where new mines might be developed.
The Geological Society of London’s Online interactive resource The Rock Cycle, with the Rock Cycle Animation, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on and use to build our homes. Also find a glossary, demonstrations/experiments and extensive background information about the rock cycle.
Students will gain a greater understanding of diamond mineralogy, geology, discovery, mining and processing through these materials from Mining Matters (Canada) developed in collaboration with Science North for a temporary exhibition.