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In this activity, students assume the role of a geologist prospecting for copper deposits. From the background material, they will learn what ore deposits are and some important factors in their origin; and learn about a type of ore deposit known as a porphyry copper deposit. They will plot data from a table onto maps and use a geologic map, a soil geochemistry map, and a sediment geochemistry map to help locate the porphyry copper deposit. As a result of this activity, the students will be able to calculate an ore grade and determine whether or not an ore deposit is economically profitable based on its grade, size, and production costs. Worksheets and data tables are included.
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