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Coal Resources in Virginia: Benefits and Costs

Author: Alison Goforth   Affiliation: VirginiaView   Date: 1 Jun 2011
Audience: High School   Course Material: No
Description: This activity examines the issue the availability and feasibility of mining coal in Montgomery County, Virginia. Students are asked to gather evidence and against such a prospect by using maps and GIS skills. They will be asked to analyze the costs verses the benefits of such an endeavor and come to some conclusion regarding the issue of coal mining in Montgomery County, VA. This lesson supports the following Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's): ES 2, 3, 7
Keywords: Mining, site suitability analysis
Skill Level: Introductory   Discipline: Earth Science   Imagery: Landsat 4-7
Software Requirements: None or Not Applicable, ArcGIS 9.x or older, ArcGIS 10.x or newer, ArcGIS Online
Special Materials: This lesson plan is best suited for computer classrooms with access to ArcGIS software. The 'Teacher Preparation” section of the lesson plan provides options for using the exercise with only internet access or without computers.
AV Resources Used: Yes   Download Access: Public
Text URL: http://virginiaview.cnre.vt.edu/curriculum/CoalFields_HS.pdf
Data URL: http://virginiatech.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=ce3cf46fd9cf48f1ab29b4c12810632e

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