GEOL 333 - Rock and Mineral ResourcWiki Group Project


Purpose

The goal of this Wiki Group Project is to explore a rock and mineral resource in detail and then write a summary and give an oral presentation of your findings. At the end of the project you will assess the effort and participation of both you and the other group member in this project. Also, in a separate individual reflection exercise you will review the summaries of other rock and mineral resources developed by your fellow students. You will share your written summary using our class’ Wiki space on the Illinois Compass 2g Web site.

Time Estimate

You should spend approximately 12 - 16 hours to satisfy all components of this activity.

Objectives

This activity helps you achieve the following course objectives:

   Examine the importance, nature, origin, production, and uses of some of the most important rock and mineral resources

   Identify the top countries and US states in terms of production and consumption of important rock and mineral resources along with reasons for their high ranking

   Evaluate the environmental impact of producing important rock and mineral resources

   Evaluate sustainable solutions to the environmental impact of producing important rock and mineral resources

•   Identify the historic and current prices, reserves, resources, and remaining lifetime of important rock and mineral resources

Instructions

General - Make sure to read the detailed instructions given below for each of the five phases of this assignment.

If you haven't used a Wiki on Compass before, I strongly recommend that you view the video How to Create and Edit Wikis Pages. Also, you can learn about working in groups in Compass and a variety of other information by watching the videos, How to Work in Student Groups, How to Use Blackboard Discussions, and How to Send Email in Blackboard Learn. There are many other videos about Compass at Blackboard Learn: For Students.
 

Example of Platinum Wiki - To see an example of a
completed Wiki, go to the Illinois Compass 2g Web site for GEOL 333 and click on the link Platinum Wiki Project Example, found on the left side under the heading My Groups. From there, click on the Group Wiki link (immediately below the Platinum Wiki Project Example link) to see an example of a very good (but not quite excellent) quality Wiki project on platinum from a previous year's class. Please review the information in this Wiki to get an idea of presentation, style, formatting, and content. Make sure to review Prof. Altaner's comments at the end of the Wiki regarding its strengths and weaknesses. This Wiki is for viewing only and nobody is able to edit this Wiki.

Your Assigned Wiki - To get to your Rock or Mineral Resource Wiki, you will need to go to the Illinois Compass 2g Web site for GEOL 333 and click on the link for your assigned Wiki Project, found on the left side under the heading My Groups. From there, click on the link Group Wiki. Enter information in the window labeled WIKI PAGE CONTENT and click on the Submit button to save the information you entered.

Prof. Altaner will use your group's private Discussion Board to post feedback about the first and final drafts of your Wiki project. Please consider using your group’s private Discussion Board to discuss the project with your teammate. This keeps all of the discussions organized in one place for future reference and helps Prof. Altaner stay informed of the progress of the group.To use your group's private Discussion Board, click on the link Group Discussion Board and then click on the link for your group's Wiki Project in the Forum section.

** Prof. Altaner will be evaluating each student’s participation by examining the editing history of the Wiki. It is important for both students in the group to contribute significantly to the editing of the Wiki as an indicator of shared work. **

Phase I: First Draft of Wiki (Due 10 am, Monday, March 14)

In your group of two students, you should create a Wiki in the Illinois Compass 2g Web site that summarizes key features of your assigned rock and mineral resource, described below. The text part of your rock and mineral resource summary should be approximately 750 - 1,500 words in length, excluding tables, references, and figure captions. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE NUMEROUS WELL-CHOSEN FIGURES, including photos in your Wiki. Remember that a picture can be worth a thousand words. Also, interesting figures will greatly enhance the visual impact of your Wiki.

All figures must have a reference and caption (brief description of the figure). All references in the text and in figure captions should use sequential numbers, which refer to the full reference, located in the List of References, which is the last section of the Wiki. You must list at least several references as sources of your information. You can pick the specific reference style but references to journal articles must include the author(s), year, title of article, journal title and number, and page numbers. References to books must include the author(s), year, book, publisher, and page numbers. References to Web sites must include the URL (address of the Web site), title, sponsor of the Web site, time and date that you accessed the Web site, and a one-sentence summary of information at the Web site, if possible. Write in your own words; plagiarism (representing someone else's words or ideas as your own) will be penalized severely.

Wiki Content

Working as a team of two students, create a Wiki that describes key features of an important rock or mineral resource including the following sections:

Title - Make sure to create an effective title, which should be brief, descriptive, interesting, and designed to capture the audience's attention. Do not leave your title as simply the name of your mineral or rock resource, e.g., "Gold", but rather something like "Gold: Is it worth its weight?"

1) Relevant Principles including the nature of both the raw material and processed material, if different; additional information includes mineral or rock name, chemical composition, metal vs. non-metal, and notable physical properties; include at least one well-chosen photo of your mineral or rock

2) Uses by Society including importance as a strategic mineral, if applicable; include well-chosen figures (photos or diagrams) that illustrate each of the societal uses of your mineral or rock resource

3) Geologic Formation of the rock (for phosphate rock only), ore deposit, or mineral deposit; if possible, include a figure that illustrates the geologic formation of your mineral or rock resource

4) Mining and Processing Methods including Environmental Impacts - include at least one well-chosen photo of a quarry or mine for your mineral or rock resource and a photo that illustrates any environmental impacts, if possible

5) Historic Production by World and USA - include a graph of production over the past 50 years or so; you can get the production values, which you will have to convert to a graph, at the USGS Historic Statistics Web site; Is the use of this mineral or rock resource growing? Does USA have to import this resource? If so, what percentage do we import? US import data are at the same USGS Web site given above.)

6) Top Producing Countries and US States list the top 2 - 4 countries and top 2 - 4 US states that produce this mineral or rock resource, if applicable; list specific production values of your mineral or rock resource (and the year for the production value) for top producing countries based on information in the USGS Mineral Commodity Summary Web site. Give reasons to explain the ranking, e.g., the world's largest mineral deposits of your resource occur there.

7) Historic and Current Price - include a graph of historic price over the past 20 to 50 years or so; you can get the historic prices, which you will have to convert to a graph, at the USGS Historic Statistics Web site.

8) Reserves and Resources in World and USA - list specific values of reserves (portion of mineral resource that is economically recoverable today) and resources (total amount of mineral with some economic potential) in the world and USA, if available; look in the USGS Mineral Commodity Summary Web site.

9) Remaining Lifetime - divide the world reserves in 2016 by the world production in 2015 to get remaining lifetime; if 2016 data are unavailable, then use data from the latest year that are available

10) Other Issues (Recycling and Substitutes) - discuss any other issues associated with this mineral or rock resource, including importance of recycling and possible substitutes for the mineral or rock resource, if applicable

References - a) journal article references must include the authors, year, title of article, journal title and number, and page numbers; b) references to books must include the authors, year, book, publisher, and page numbers; c) references to Web sites must include the URL/Web site address, title, sponsor of the Web site, time and date that you accessed the Web site, and a one-sentence summary of information at the Web site. Here are three examples of different kinds of references:


Abbott, P.L. (1996) Natural Disasters. Wm. C. Brown, 438 p.

Wright, T.L. and Pierson, T.C. (1992) Living with volcanoes: U.S. Geol. Surv. Circular 1073, 44 p.

Mineral-Related Links (Mineralogical Society of America)
http://www.minsocam.org/MSA/Research_Links.html
Many excellent mineral-related links including other sites with extensive, mineral-related links; mineral databases; dictionaries; tutorials; sites devoted to a specific mineral, a specific mineralogical topic, mineral localities, and biographies of mineralogists; other mineral-related sites, and mineral-related web-rings.

Wiki Topic Schedule


Below is a schedule of rock and mineral resources assignments:

 Mineral/Rock Resource

 Name

 Aluminum

 Manisha Balakumar, Victoria Figueroa

 Asbestos

 Nicolaus Gamsby, Jordan Jauch

 Copper

 Emma Hoffmann, Andony Landivar-Macias

 Diamonds

 Joanna Krueger, Erin Slifer

 Gold

 Wesley Pesantez, Tomasz Rutkowski

 Iron Ore

 Madeleine McGrady, Chaz Yankowski

 Lead

 Tucker Bowman, Morgan Kaplan

 Lithium

 Michelle Frankel, Joshua Garay

 Phosphate Rock

 Hannah Blomberg, Rodrigo Fernandez Santoyo

 Rare Earth Elements

 Raymond Bizot, Lamanda Fox

Sources of Information


•    US Geological Survey - Historic Statistics for Mineral and Material Commodities in the United States - An important source of information on US and world production, US imports and consumption, and cost of mineral and rock resources from 1900 - 2014. <http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/historical-statistics/>
•    US Geological Survey - Mineral Commodity Summaries from 1997 - 2016 - A possible primary source of information on mineral resources including current and historic data of US and world production, recycling rates, world resources, and substitutes for more than 90 individual minerals and materials. <http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/mcs/>
•    US Geological Survey - Minerals Yearbook from 1994 - 2015 - A possible primary source of information on mineral resources including US and world statistical data on minerals, mining and quarrying trends, and information on environmental issues and economic and technical trends and developments. The three volumes that make up the Minerals Yearbook are Volume I, Metals and Minerals; Volume II, Area Reports, Domestic; and Volume III, Area Reports, International. <http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/myb.html>
•    US Geological Survey - Materials Flow Studies - These publications describe the flow of materials from source to ultimate disposition to help better understand the economy, manage the use of natural resources, and protect the environment. <http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/mflow/>
•    US Geological Survey - Recycling Reports from 1996 - 2014 - These materials flow studies illustrate the recycling of metal commodities and identify recycling trends. <http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/recycle/>
•    Chang, L. L. Y. (2002) Industrial Mineralogy: Materials, Processes and Uses: Prentice-Hall, 472 pp. - A possible primary source of information on mineral resources including geology, formation, and environmental impact. This book is on reserve in Grainger Engineering Library (1301 W. Springfield, Urbana).
•    Craig J.R., Vaughn D.J., Skinner B.J. (2011) Earth Resources and the Environment (4th ed.): Prentice-Hall, 508 p. - A possible primary source of information on mineral resources including geology, formation, and environmental impact. This book is on reserve in Grainger Engineering Library (1301 W. Springfield, Urbana).
•    Wikipedia Entry for each mineral or rock resource - For example, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper>
Do not use Wikipedia as your only source of information.
 

Responsibilities

Your group's first task is to compose an initial draft of your Wiki for Prof. Altaner to review in the Rock and Mineral Resource Wiki for your Rock or Mineral resource. Once your group have finished the first draft and it is ready for Prof. Altaner to review, please let him know via e-mail. The first draft of your Wiki is due by 10 am, Monday, March 13. NOTE: The first draft of the Wiki should NOT be a “rough or incomplete draft.” Instead, it should include all requested information and represent a best effort by the group.

Phase II: Prof. Altaner’s Review and Feedback (Available By Wednesday, March 29)

Prof. Altaner will review the first draft of the Wiki and provide you detailed feedback. Work with your group member to determine what changes should be made before submitting the final draft.

Phase III: Revision and Submission (Due by 10 am, Friday, April 21)

After reviewing the feedback and completing any necessary additional research, update your Wiki. You should again e-mail Prof. Altaner once your Wiki is complete and ready for his evaluation.

Phase IV: Oral Presentation (during class on April 28, May 1, and May 3)

During Lecture class on April 28, May 1, and May 3, you will give a 10 - 13 minute oral presentation, which will be based on the information in your Wiki.

Phase V: Reflection and Evaluation of Individual and Group Member Efforts (Due by 11:59 pm, Wednesday, May 3)


Evaluation

This entire assignment is worth 100 points (10% of your total class grade) with the following grade breakdown: First Draft of Wiki = 10 points, Final Draft of Wiki = 53 points, Evaluation of Individual Efforts = 2 points, Oral Presentation = 25 points, and Individual Reflection = 10 points

The Wiki will be graded according to the rubric below.

Wiki Rubric (Rock and Mineral Resources)

Criteria

Points Possible

Insufficient

Proficient

Advanced

First Draft



Content

(Four point penalty if posting is <4 hours late; eight point penalty if posting is 4 - 8 hours late; no credit for first draft if posting is >8 hours late; Little credit will be given if you did little work for the group.)
10

members researched and answered few to none of the key elements of the Wiki topic. Contains many spelling and grammatical errors and information is difficult to understand.

(0 - 3 points)

members researched and answered some, but not all of the key elements of the Wiki topic in an understandable way. Significant amounts of information are incomplete. Contains many spelling and grammatical errors but information is readable.

(4 - 7 points)

members researched and answered the key elements of the Wiki topic in an understandable way, although some information may be incomplete. May contain some spelling and grammatical errors but information is readable.

(8 - 10 points)
Final Draft



Content

(Eight point penalty if posting is <4 hours late; sixteen point penalty if posting is 4 - 8 hours late; no credit for final draft if posting is >8 hours late; Little credit will be given if you did little work for the group.)
35

members researched and answered few of the key elements of the Wiki topic. Significant amount of relevant information is missing. No evidence of critical thinking; could be improved with application, analysis, and synthesis of Wiki topic.

(0 - 12 points)

members researched and answered some, but not all of the key elements of the Wiki topic. Some relevant information is missing. Some critical thinking is evident, but could be improved with more application, analysis, and synthesis of Wiki topic.

(13 - 29 points)

members researched and answered all of the key elements of the Wiki topic in a thoughtful way. Shows clear evidence of critical thinking including application, analysis, and synthesis of Wiki topic.

(30 - 35 points)
Clarity and Presentation 9

Information is presented in confusing and rambling way. Information is disjointed and confusing. Layout is poor including inconsistent font sizes, font colors, headings, and/or text alignment.

(0 - 3 points)

Information is presented somewhat clearly and concisely but it could be improved. Information flows okay but sometimes is confusing. There is some poor layout such as inconsistent font sizes, font colors, headings, and/or text alignment.

(4 - 7 points)

Information is presented clearly and concisely. Information flows logically and is displayed well.

(8 - 9 points)

Mechanics

9

Information shows numerous problems with mechanics such as spelling and grammar errors and awkward expression causing the readers confusion.

(0 - 3 points)

Information shows only minimal problems with mechanics such as spelling and grammar errors and awkward expression causing the readers confusion.

(4 - 7 points)

Written response shows standard English mechanics and grammar.

(8 - 9 points)

Evaluation of Individual and Group Member Efforts

2

Did not assess efforts of any members in group project.

(0 points)

Assessed efforts of only one member of group project or did not give reasons for ratings below 4.

(1 point)

Assessed efforts of both members of group project; gave reason for ratings below 4.

(2 points)


Total Possible Points: 65