Mineral Information Institute (Mii)
The Mineral Information Institute is a national not-for-profit organization located in Golden, Colorado. Founded in 1980, MII’s goal is to educate youth about the science of minerals and other natural resources. MII works with professional and scientific association and various government and education agencies to help classroom teachers develop materials that are directly usable by teachers in a variety of subjects and grade levels. These materials are distributed free to classroom teachers to supplement existing curricula.
Mii’s Teacher Helper packets are created by the Institute’s Teacher Development Committee, with the help of scientists and engineers. This ensures that the materials are unbiased, scientifically based, are easy to use and can quickly be adapted to each teacher’s special needs. The website contains fantastic illustrations and facts regarding the consumption of minerals that an American will require in their lifetime.
Caterpillar – Ground Rules
Produced by Caterpillar and Science North, “Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future” follows the development of new and operating mines as geologists, engineers and mine managers tackle complex problems. The film draws on the experiences and achievements of other mine sites to illustrate creative and core concepts of sustainable development and social responsibility. Embark on a 23-minute tour across almost every continent — to Australia, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and the United States — and meet a new generation of passionate and creative people working to bring us the materials, fuels and minerals on which our modern world depends.
In addition to the film, Caterpillar is pleased to offer 75 professionally-developed lesson plans, appropriate for ages 11-13, 13-15 and 15-18, available as downloadable PDFs. Each lesson plan ties into information presented in the film, and provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics covered include Mining, Geology, Minerals and Everyday Life, Mining Processes, and Ore Processing.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Rocks Gallery
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History offers an interactive and printable web site called “The Dynamic Earth”. The site contains a variety of information about rocks and mining, including an interactive rock gallery and a video about how rocks are made into usable products.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS site offers an array of information that covers monitoring programs, natural hazards, and environmental sources. It is also a great source for maps and other data.
The Teacher Friendly Guide to Geology
Geologic information based on region within the United States.
The Geological Society of America
The Geological Society of America provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. Earth-science education is at the core of the National Academy of Science’s National Education Standards, and GSA is dedicated to increasing the appreciation of Earth’s history, processes, and resources.
Limestone – A Crucial and Versatile Industrial Commodity
Published by the United States Geological Survey this paper describes both the formation of limestone and its uses in today’s society.