Week 5, 9/26-10/02:

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 4
Environmental Impacts of Resource Exploitation and Use


Unit (Chapter) Plan:
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(things you must do)
Abilities Acquired
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Contents (topics):
How Exploiting Resources Affects the Environment

Mining and Quarrying-The Methods
Environmental Impact of Mining and Quarrying
Disposal of Mining Wastes
Dredging and Ocean Wastes and  Methods and Environmental
Well Drilling and Production: Environmental Impact || Impacts Processing and Smelting of Ores
How Using Resources Affects the Environment: Burning of Fossil Fuels || Acid Rain || Disposing of Nuclear Waste Products || Other Industrial Processes-Waste Products and Pollution
Disposal or Recycling of Industrial and Domestic Waste Products: Disposal of Solid Waste || Recycling || Disposal of Liquid Waste

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter four of your textbook
Review the map and reports on acid rain, atmospheric deposition and precipitation chemistry of south Florida (Everglades) <http://nadp.sws.uiuc.edu/sites/sitemap.asp?state=fl>
Click on this link <http://www.epa.gov/acidrain/> to learn more about acid rain.
Enhance you understanding of the effects of acid rain by view its effects on Washington, D.C.
THE BASICS OF LANDFILLS: How They are Constructed and Why They Fail: click here
Click here < http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/ymp/index.shtml> to read about the Yucca Mountain project
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Briefly describe underground mining methods.
2.- Discuss the environmental impacts of dredging.
3.- Briefly describe surface mining methods.
4.- Summarize the atmospheric impacts of smelting.
5.- Explain the "greenhouse effect"
6.- Discuss radioactive waste disposal.
7.- List three processes through which materials that cannot be reused must be broken down into raw materials.
8.- Describe the main causes of atmospheric pollution, and how can they be eliminated or reduced?
9.-  Explain the current status of nuclear waste disposal. Why is this, and how should the problem be tackled?
10.- Identify the amounts and kinds of solid wastes (garbage) produced by the average citizen of a country like the U.S.A. How can these wastes be disposed of, and can they be used in any way to save energy and raw materials?
11.- List the kinds of liquid wastes generated by mankind, and how is their disposal carried out?
12.- Discuss the technical problems involved in recycling: (a) domestic trash; (b) aluminum cans; (c) an automobile.
13.- Describe the benefits of recycling to technologically advanced societies.
14.- Explain why recycling is not undertaken on a larger scale at the present time.
15.- Explain the relationship of mercury (as mineral commodity) to Minamata disease.
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