Freeport - McMoRan: Dig Into Mining - Microbial Mining

In this activity, students explore the role biological technology plays in mining and wastewater treatment.

Students research how microorganisms are being used to treat and restore metal-contaminated waste water through direct
and indirect bacterial leaching mediated by chemical reactions. In addition, they predict and explain the outcome
of an oxidation-reduction reaction involving the metal iron.


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Biology, Chemistry, Natural Resources
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9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
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Students will explore the role biological technology plays in mining and wastewater treatment by researching how microorganisms are being used to treat and restore metal-contaminated wastewater.

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