Mining: Profits, Reserves, Reclamation

We finished up our Earth Science studies with an activity that provides an introduction to the economics of mining.  This is accomplished through purchasing land areas and mining equipment, as well as paying for mining operations and reclamation. In return, the “miners” receive money for the ore mined.  One of the goals is to make as much money as possible. Students needed to draw upon their math, organizational and record keeping skills, as well as their expertise in using the balance.