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Mining Made Simple
Students simulate operating an iron mine, from choosing property to writing an environmental impact statement to setting up the mining operation. Chocolate chip cookies (with the chocolate chips representing iron ore) are used for this experiment. Students are challenged to operate the most profitable and environmentally sound mine they can.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
Exercise requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, Eric Cohen.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-023
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Eric Cohen
Westhampton Beach High School