EC7.2

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The Bible mentions the importance of rocks and minerals in many different places. Students should be reminded of their Catholic belief in stewardship of God's creation; responsible use of God's gifts, including those from the Earth.

  • Deuteronomy 8:  "The Lord led you out of the desert...for the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land-a land with streams and pools of water...a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills."
  • Job 28:  "There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined, iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore...the earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire; sapphires come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold...He tunnels through the rock; His eyes see all its treasures."

Our search for wisdom in the words of scripture is similar to humankind's search for valuable resources from the land.  God reminds us to use the earth's gifts prudently because the ecological impact of erosion and mining are long-lasting.

Discuss people who are strong examples of stewardship; list qualities they possess that make them feel love and responsibility for careful consumption of God's gifts (e.g., Father Lou Quinn of the Scarborough Foreign Mission Society, is a missionary in the Dominican Republic.  He helps replant trees/forests to end soil erosion. Unit 4, Topic 1 Believe In Me - Year 7).
See Appendix B

An excellent resource for suggesting a Catholic perspective to ecological complications from science and technology is the Development and Peace website:  www.devp.org/devpme/main-eng.html  This site illustrates how humans can work to correct some of the problems that they create; the importance of being a steward of creation.

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a) Identify questions to investigate arising from practical problems and issues related to the study of Earth's geological resources (e.g., ―What types of rocks are best for cement-making or road construction?‖ and ―What are some environmental concerns related to open-pit mining?‖).

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b) Distinguish between rocks and minerals using physical samples, pictures, and/or video recordings and identify the minerals most often found in rocks in Saskatchewan and around the world (e.g., quartz, calcite, feldspar, mica, hornblende).
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c) Classify rocks and minerals based on physical properties such as colour, hardness, cleavage, lustre, and streak.
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d) Identify locations of Saskatchewan's primary mineral resources (e.g., potash, gold, diamond, salt, uranium, copper, and graphite) and their primary uses.
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e) Relate processes used to extract primary mineral resources in Saskatchewan (e.g., open-pit mining, underground mining, and solution mining) to the location, type, and depth of the resource.
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f) Provide examples of technologies used to further scientific research related to extracting geological resources (e.g., satellite imaging, magnetometer, and core sample drilling).
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g) Evaluate different approaches taken to answer questions, solve problems, and make decisions when searching for geological resources within Earth (e.g., trial-and-error prospecting versus core sampling).
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h) Provide examples of Canadian contributions to the scientific understanding and technological developments related to surface and sub-surface geology and mining, and identify societal and economic factors that drive such exploration and research. See Faith Permeation goal in Topic 2 above, reference to Development and Peace.

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i) Suggest solutions to economic and environmental issues related to the extraction of geological resources in Saskatchewan (e.g., managing mine tailings and pollutants; reclaiming open pit mining sites; ecological impact of pipelines; resource depletion; maintaining water quality; and increasing urbanization).
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j) Identify uses for rocks and minerals, such as healing, recuperative powers, and ceremonies, which include ideas not explained by science.
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k) Research Saskatchewan careers directly and indirectly related to resource exploration.
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