33rd Annual Northern Nevada Mineral Education Workshop

hosted by Nevada Mining Association & Nevada Division of Minerals

Lowry High School - Winnemucca, Nevada

Start: Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 07:00

End: Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 05:30

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    Tuesday & Wednesday, July 11-12, 2017 – Class/Session Descriptions

    Tuesday & Wednesday, July 11-12, 2017 – Tour Description

    Session 1 - 8:15am-9:45am

    Session 1 - Minerals with D.D. LaPointe

    Grade Recommendation K-8

    In this hands-on session, participants will learn about minerals, their physical properties, and uses. We will review what a mineral is and common properties of minerals (color, streak, transparency, smell). This session will explore in detail the hardness and density of different minerals and their importance

    Participants will receive a box of labeled mineral specimens for use in their classrooms.

    Session 1 - Advanced Minerals with Lucia Patterson

    Grade Recommendation 9-12 (Previous attendance of workshop required)

    In this hands-on session, participants will learn the importance of knowing how to identify minerals, their physical properties, and uses. We will review what a mineral is and common properties of minerals (color, streak, transparency, smell) and use these properties to identify a group of minerals.
    The goal of this session is to identify a suite of minerals and establish the most reasonable environment each group of minerals came from.

    Participants will receive a box of labeled mineral specimens for use in their classrooms.


    Session 1 - Minerals with Terry Jennings

    Grade recommendation K-8

    MINERAL DETECTIVE - In a hands-on activity, participants will examine the physical properties of some minerals produced in Nevada using the physical senses (sight, smell, touch, even taste) and some basic scientific equipment and discuss the relationships between the minerals' physical and chemical properties and their unique uses in our everyday lives.

    This class will conclude with an advanced group mineral identification exercise using the examination skills participants have just learned.

    Participants will receive a box of labeled mineral specimens for use in their classrooms.


    Session 1 - Minerals with Rachel Micander/ Rob G.

    Grade Recommendation K-8

    Mineral Detective - Definitions, hands-on testing of the physical properties of minerals, and the use of minerals in daily life.

    Participants will receive a box of labeled mineral specimens for use in their classrooms.


    Session 1 - Minerals with Jon Price

    Grade recommendation 9-12

    We will examine mineral specimens and discuss how geologists use their properties to identify minerals and how people use these minerals in their daily lives.  Participants will be challenged to use the properties that they can determine in the classroom, with simple tools provided in the bag of materials provided to each teacher, to come up with a working definition for what a mineral is.

    Participants will receive a box of labeled mineral specimens for use in their classrooms.


    Session 2 - 10:10am – 11:55am

    Session 2 - Rocks Level 1 with D.D. LaPointe

    Grade recommendation K-8

    Nevada Rocks!! Presented by D. D. LaPointe, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. In this session we will start with a general discussion of rock types and their origins, faulting and folding, and a basic introduction to map-reading skills. Then you will learn to use some of the tools a geologist uses to learn from the rocks in an area to construct a simple geologic history for a county in Nevada. We will use geologic maps, time lines, and other information, rocks, and other information. Like any history or report, it should include information on “when, what, where, and who” and should describe the geologic processes and environments of formation each kind of rock in that area (volcanoes, faulting/earthquakes). Each group will report on the geologic history of their county. Most suited to intermediate grade levels (6-8) but adaptable to grades from upper elementary through high school. Participants will receive a box of labeled rock specimens for use in their classrooms.


    Session 2 – Advanced Rocks and Geology with Lucia Patterson

    Grade recommendation 9-12 (Previous attendance of workshop required)

    Participants will review the three basic rock types, how they are formed, and be introduced to stratigraphy – a branch of geology. Using an identification key, participants will identify rocks in a stratigraphic section of Nevada specimens and answer questions about them in order to determine their origin.  The goal of this session is to use features identified in hand samples of rock to develop a narrative description of the depositional environment for the stratigraphic section of rocks.
    Lesson plans Will be available on the NMA CD provided at the conference.

    Participants will receive a box of labeled rock specimens for use in their classrooms


    Session 2 - Rocks with Terry Jennings

    Grade recommendation:  K-8

    Participants will investigate rocks and learn how to classify and identify rocks. We will start with a general discussion of rock types and their origins. You will use a rock key to ask and answer questions on unknown rock specimens (provided) in order to find the correct rock identification. The goal of this session is for you to become comfortable with looking at rocks and making an identification based on those observations.


    Session 2 - Rocks with Rob Ghiglieri and Rachel Micander

    Grade recommendation:  K-8

    Rocks and Geology. Classification of rocks, the "Rock Cycle", hands-on activities demonstrating the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. 
    Participants will receive a box of labeled rock specimens for use in their classrooms.


    Session 2 - Rocks with Jon Price
    Grade recommendation:  9-12

    Participants will use the box of labeled rock specimens provided to each person to figure out how some rocks are useful in modern society.  We’ll try to come up with a classification scheme for rocks that avoids the presumptions about origin as either igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary, and we’ll look at rocks that demonstrate how geologists are often confused when they first visit an outcrop.


    Session 3 - Tuesday- 8:30am-10:00am

    Session 3 - Nevada's Natural Resources – Patti
    Grade recommendation K-12
    In this presentation, we will discuss the amount of minerals every American needs every year. Many of these minerals are mined in Nevada. We will talk about the logistics of this huge amount of minerals per person, where in Nevada many are mined, and which minerals are needed to build houses, an electric car, a cell phone, etc. Attendees will choose a book that they want to take back for their own class library.


     Session 3 –Geologic Time and Fossils – Lucia P. / Courtney Brailo
    Grade recommendation K-8
    Participants will explore the geologic history of planet Earth as well as the evolution of life. Participants will piece together the geologic time scale then actively participate in a presentation exploring our geologic history and evolution. Participants will be able to examine actual fossils that span Geologic Time, learn about plate tectonics and how fossils were/are formed. This class also allows participants to make their own "fossil" paper weights


    Session 3 – Natural Disasters – Maureen Leshendok
    Grade recommendation:  5-12                                                            
    Participants will learn about various natural disasters, including the basic scientific process of each type, specific effects, how the scientific method is used to study natural disasters, how natural disasters are measured, how natural disasters may be linked to other disasters,
    how human beings may cause or make a potential disaster worse, and methods for predicting, warning, preparing for, mitigating, and recovering from the effects of natural disasters.


    Session 3 – History of Mining – Sam M.
    Grade recommendation 4-12.

    Students will learn how mining has been integral to Nevada’s history, from Native American use of its mineral wealth to fashion arrowheads, spear points, and tools to today’s modern industrial mining operations. Modern-day mining in Nevada is a high-tech business, not a get-rich-quick dream. Hands-on activities will be included to show how technology has evolved in Nevada’s mining history.
    Modernization in technology had an overwhelming effect on the development of mines. New technology raised productivity dramatically. In no other area did modern technology have such a profound effect. That is, how traditional technology was enhanced by modern technology.


    Session 3 – Under the Earth – Rob G
    Grade recommendation: 6-12

    The “Under The Earth” activity provides a brief description of mining terminology and mining methods. This activity culminates with a hands-on lesson demonstrating the principles of ground support by having the participants mine their way through a playdough model demonstrating modern mining techniques.  Including a mine profitability exercise.


    Session 3 – Critical Elements of Energy – Jon P
    Grade recommendation 6-12

    This activity will present and discuss issues concerning the global demand and supply of mineral resources, particularly those that are critical for emerging technologies in energy efficiency and renewable energy, including rare earth elements, lithium, copper, and elements that are likely to be key in the development of alternatives to current mainstream power generation. Attendees will investigate which elements are critical for the development of a 'green society,' whether it be by use of solar, wind, other types of renewable energy, and discuss the geopolitical aspects of the uneven distribution of these mineral resources throughout the world.

    Session 4 - Tuesday - 10:10am – 11:40am

    Session 4 – Cupcake Core Drilling – Lucia P.
    Grade recommendation: 6-12
    Trying to "see" what is beneath the surface of the earth is one of the jobs of a geologist.  Surface mapping and sampling provide limited information two dimensions only.  Rather than digging up vast tracts of land to expose different types of rocks or mineral-bearing strata, drilling methods are employed which allow geologists to recover rock cores or rock chips that can analyzed to determine the composition of the earth’s interior at a given point. Multiple drill holes help to fill in the three-dimensional picture.   In this activity, students model core sampling techniques to find out what sort of layers are in a cupcake.


    Session 4 – Geothermal Energy – Courtney B.
    Grade recommendation 6-12
    Lean about the locations of Nevada’s geothermal plants and how they work.  Part 1 of the class will be an overview of well designs, different types of geothermal power plants, and injection wells.  Part 2 of the class will be an activity where participants will make their own geothermal plant using dry-ice steam, a pinwheel, magnets, and copper wire to illuminate a LED light.


    Session 4 – When Rocks Sing-Petroglyphs – Maria M
    Grade recommendation K-6
    Petroglyphs are rock paintings made by ancient Native People all over the world. Petroglyphs have been found in virtually every continent, including North America. Petroglyphs are pictogram and logogram images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading.  What was the purpose, function or idea behind petroglyphs? It is impossible to generalize.  As yet, no archeologist has provided a coherent explanation for the types of rock engraving that may serve as territorial maps or markers ritualistic, religious, totemic, linguistic markings or just plain doodling.   Participants will be exposed to hands-on activities, ideas for creative writing, and literature use.


    Session 4 – Edible Geology – Sam M.
    Grade recommendation K-8

    There are three different types of rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. Learn about each different type of rock through a fun activity using food and cooking as a medium.


    Session 4 – Rock Cycle and Mineral Deposits: Come along for the ride! – Jon P.
    Grade recommendation 7-12

    A game where students collect and analyze data associated with ‘riding’ the rock cycle, changing from one rock type to another rock type, through time. Once they collect the data they are required to create and evaluate the geologic history of the trip. Could they have become a gold deposit in Nevada, a copper deposit in Arizona, a phosphate deposit in Florida, or sand and gravel deposit?  

    Helps students understand that the formation and preservation of rock and mineral deposits of economic value is rare.   Certain types of deposits are rarer than others and more limited in space and time.


    Field Trip 1: Twin Creeks

    A Newmont operation that is located 35 miles northeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. The Twin Creeks mine is an open pit mine that originally began as two separate mines, Chimney Creek and Rabbit Creek. Chimney Creek was discovered in 1985 by Gold Fields Mining Corp. and Santa Fe Pacific discovered the Rabbit Creek deposit in 1987. In 1993 Santa Fe Pacific Gold Company merged the two separate mines into one “mega pit” which since has been called the Twin Creeks Mine. Newmont Gold Company acquired the property though the Santa Fe Merger in 1997 and has been the operator since. The Twin Creeks operation produced 367,500 ounces of gold and 227,800 ounces of silverin 2016, and as of December 31, 2016, reported 4.9 million ounces of attributable gold reserves.

    Field Trip 2: Marigold

    The Marigold mine is located in Humboldt County, Nevada, on the Battle Mountain-Eureka trend. Silver Standard Resources is the current operator after acquiring the mine from Goldcorp in 2014. The first recorded gold production from the property was an underground mine in 1938 by the Marigold Mining Company. By 1943 production halted and little work was completed until the late 1960’s with more modern exploration. In 1985 key exploration holes found the “8 South” deposit and initiated the opening of the Marigold Mine.  Marigold is a large run-of-mine heap leach operation that started production in 1988.  It consists of several open pits, waste rock stockpiles, leach pads, a carbon absorption facility, and a carbon processing and gold refining facility. Currently the mine utilizes a fleet of 290-ton haul trucks and three loading shovels. The Marigold mine produced over 205,000 ounces of gold in 2016 and based on the five-year outlook announced on September 15, 2016, for the period to 2021, the mine is expected to produce on average approximately 220,000 ounces of gold per year.

    Field Trip 3: Turqoise Ridge (This tour is a raffle prize)

    The Turquoise Ridge property is located about 35 miles northeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. Turquoise Ridge was discovered in 1993 and operated as a joint venture (JV) by Barrick and Placer Dome. In 2003 the Placer Dome and Barrick JV needed a milling facility for its refractory ore to continue economic production at the mine. The Turquoise Ridge mine then created a new JV with Newmont to use their nearby mill. In 2006 Barrick acquired Placer Dome and now Barrick is the operator and 75% owner of the mine with Newmont owning the remaining 25%.  Turquoise Ridge is an underground mine that uses underhand cut-and-fill mining methods. The refractory gold is transported to Newmont’s Twin Creeks mill for processing where it is treated with pressure oxidation technology and the gold is recovered using conventional carbon-in-leach technology. Total production at the mine in 2016 was over 354,000 ounces of gold.


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