Earth Resources

Earth Resources Badge, Image Credit: AMFS

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We are surrounded by our mining heritage, from gypsum in walls to brass knobs on door or clay in flowerpots and on pages of a glossy magazine. Mineral resources may be divided into three classes: metals (iron, copper, nickel, gold, silver), non-metals (sand, clay, limestone, salt), and fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas). The following activities will help you appreciate the role mining and minerals play in day-to-day life.

Badge 2 - Earth Resources.pdf

The Earth Resources Badge is exciting to teach on a local level!

It can usually be accomplished in one session, and is a great way to help Juniors know the mineral resources that affect both the geology and the economy of their own region.

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The materials below illustrate how some leaders taught this badge, using 3-4 requirements they chose for their groups. See the Badge manual for other requirement activities you may like better.

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Worksheet Packets for Juniors & K-2nd Leader Answer Key

About the image on this page

This slab of polished copper ore was mined in Northern Australia. Copper is one of the few metallic elements to occur in native form. Native copper has been used by people since prehistoric times. Fresh cut copper is orange-red but typically weathers and is coated with a green patina of copper chlorides, sulfides, sulfates and carbonates called verdigris. One of the most famous examples of verdigris is found on the Statue of Liberty.

Image Credit: AFMS