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Environmental impacts of Mining

Our activity today!

Mining

Directions

Classkick

Understanding the Consequences

Impacts of mining

Vocabulary

Objectives

Big Question!

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Picher, Oklahoma

Johannesburg, South Africa

Wittenoom, Australia

Breakout Room:

Picher, Oklahoma

Before you research...

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From boom town to toxic ghost town

In Picher, Oklahoma, lead and zinc were mined from 1914-1967. The last mine closed in 1967. However, many impacts of the mining are still evident in the town's environment. Continue on to learn more.

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What do you observe in the image of Picher, Oklahoma?

Click the + button below to type your observations. How do you think they were caused by mining?

Remember to complete the Classkick chart while learning about your location.Finished? Go back to the main page and choose a new location!

Breakout Room:

Johannesburg, South Africa

the toxic landscape of johannesburg's gold mines

In South Africa, mining in Johannesburg was focused around gold. They discovered it in 1886 and still continues today. Continue on to learn more about how its impacting the environment today.

Before you research...

Look at the image

What do you observe in the image of Johannesburg, South Africa?

Click the + button below to type your observations. How do you think they were caused by mining?

Click the image to read.You can listen, too!

READ ABOUT IT!

Click the image to watch.

WATCH ABOUT IT!

Remember to complete the Classkick chart while learning about your location.Finished? Go back to the main page and choose a new location!

Breakout Room:

Wittenoom, australia

the blue ghosts of wittenoom

In Wittenoom, Australia, miners mined blue asbestos for over 30 years. However, in 1967, blue asbestos was banned in Australia due to its danger to humans. Continue on to learn how its impacts are still affecting the area today.

Before you research...

Look at the image

What do you observe in the image of Wittenoom, Australia?

Click the + button below to type your observations. How do you think they were caused by mining?

Remember to complete the Classkick chart while learning about your location.Finished? Go back to the main page and choose a new location!

Click the image to read.You can listen, too!

READ ABOUT IT!

Click the image to watch.

WATCH ABOUT IT!

Click the play button to learn more about the environmental impacts of mining in Wittenoom, Australia.You can make it full-screen using the box icon in the bottom-right corner of the video.

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Why Do We Mine?

copper

gold

iron ore

lithium

Click the play button to learn more about the environmental impacts of mining in Picher, Oklahoma.You can make it full-screen using the box icon in the bottom-right corner of the video.

Mitigation

Vocab To Know...

Pollution

Reclamation

Tailings

the act of reducing the severity of something

a harmful or poisonous substance in the environment

the process of claiming something back

In mining, the materials left over after separating the valuable mineral from the other materials pulled out of the mine

1. Below is a map of the world. There are 3 locations that have been very heavily affected by mining, Picher, Johannesburg, and Wittenoom.2. Open the Classkick below and complete the chart as you learn more about one of the locations.3. Breakout rooms will open, allowing you to choose which location you want to research further.4. Click the location on the map to open a slide about the area. Each location has an article, an audio recording of the article, and a video. Read and watch both options to learn about the long-term environmental impacts mining had on that location. 5. Work together in your breakout rooms to help each other complete your Classkick charts.6. Finished? Go back to the main page and choose a new location, go to the next slide in the Classkick, and complete a new chart!

Directions:

  • Identify some of the negative consequences of mining
  • Analyze the trade-off between resource benefits and environmental impacts of mining
  • Propose strategies to promote sustainable mining practices and reduce environmental impacts

Learners Can...

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