Minerals in Our Daily Life

Mineral– solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition.

What does that mean?

  • They are solids.
  • Inorganic– they are not alive or made of living things.
  • Homogeneous– are made of the same material throughout.
  • Occurs naturally– formed by a process that occurs naturally in the earth.
  • Crystalline structure– particles of a mineral line up in a pattern that repeats over and over again.
  • Definite chemical composition– a mineral contains certain elements in definite amounts. They have the same chemical make-up throughout.

Ground Rules: video, sustainable mining- http://video.mining.com/videos/2076c0/ground_rules_%28caterpillar%29.aspx

RESOURCES for EVERYDAY USES OF MINERALS

Minerals Used in Your Home– Interactive- http://content3.jason.org/resource_content/content/digitallab/9958/misc_content/minerals.html

SITE FOR THE DATA TABLE

  1. Minerals and Their Useshttp://www.scienceviews.com/geology/minerals.html

OTHER USEFUL SITES

  1. How We Use Mineralshttp://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/minerals/usage/home.htm
  2. Common Minerals and Their Useshttp://www.mii.org/commonminerals.html
  3. Northwest Mining- Uses for Mineralshttp://www.nwma.org/education/Uses%20for%20Minerals.htm
  4. Minerals for Healthhttp://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/minerals.html
  5. Minerals (Diet and Nutrition)http://www.ivy-rose.co.uk/HumanBiology/Nutrition/Minerals.php
  6. Minerals in the Human Bodyhttp://www.bloodindex.com/minerals.php

GAME

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