Chemistry Special Topic: Minerals and Michigan Industry
Engage: Where Does Road Salt come from?
(national geographic - 2.5 minutes)
Engage: We make glass from the mineral quartz .
watch the video below to learn how heating changes quartz into glass.
Extend and Connect Our Learning
A. Mapping: Where in Michigan?
B. Paper Models: Molecular Origami
General Instructions - how to fold origami models
Create multiple tetrahedrons and arrange them in chains or sheets as shown in the image below
C. AOW: The Mineral Industry of Michigan
Assigned Reading: USGS PDF File - Mineral Industry of Michigan 2012-2013
This reading extends the ideas from lab "Where in Michigan. I would like you to connect the location and type of rocks and minerals to the economic impact they have (e.g., availability of jobs, attracting businesses, taxable revenue) in our state.
Article of the Week student worksheet
D. BLOG POST: The Importance of Rocks and Minerals to My Family
Images above from USGS MIneral Commodity Summaries
Coal Michigan Coal is soft and contains sulfur (makes acid rain when burned) so is not mined in Michigan today.
Michigan Coal Mines
1. Robert Gage Coal Co., No. 6
2. Robert Gagle Coal Co., No. 7
3. Beaver Coal Co.
4, Wolverine Mine, No. 2
5, Wolverine Mine, No. 3
6. What Cheer Mine, No. 1
7. Sun Coal Mining Co.
8. B.S.K. Coal Mining Co.
9. American Sewer Pipe Co.
10. What Cheer Mine, No. 2
11. Robert Gage Coal Co., No. 3
12. Robert Gage Coal Co., No. 8 (Saint Charles @ Hartley)
13. Banner Coal Co.
14. Bliss Coal Mining Co.
15. Community Coal Co.
16. Riverside Coal Co., No. 2
17. Shiawassee Coal Co.
18. Uncle Henry Coal Co., No. 2
19. Corunna Coal Mining Co.
20. Middleton Mining Co.
21. Liberty Coal Corp.
22. Akron Mine, No. 2
Iron Mining: Iron Mining in Michigan is nearly gone
Other Important Minerals
Michigan Copper Mines and Copper Mining in MI
MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS (from brine wells)
Search "magnesium companies michigan" on Google to find current manufacturers in our state
Napoleon Stone (southeast of Jackson)
419 Michigan Minerals (mostly from Keweenaw and Detroit mines and quarries)
E: BLOG POST: Evidence Based Argument - Should the Government Promote Hybrid Cars?
Possible Sources to Review
1. Review Sources and Make a T-Chart: Costs vs. Benefit of Hybrid Cars
consider environmental, social, economic, political
(T-Chart is on Paper, not Blog Post)
2. State Your Position
Should our Government provide economic incentives to promote the use of Hybrid Cars?
(i.e., use tax money to give to manufacturers or citizens incentives
to offset the cost of making or buying hybrid vehicles)
3. Defend Your Position with Evidence from the T Chart