The Golden Opportunity
Integrated Science Lesson for Grades 7-12
Cliff Dimond

Last month some hikers stumbled across an old mining camp. They found evidence and maps that document a vast gold vein still exists within the boundaries of Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. It was named the "Great Grandmother Lode".

The "Mine Your Own Business Mining Co." proposed a deal to split 50% of the gold profits with California State Park System in return for the right to mine within the Park boundaries. Normally, the state parks would not consider the matter, but state cutbacks are hitting the park budget hard and forcing up to 50% cutbacks.

Mission: Your team will take part in presenting a project that will determine whether large scale mining should take place. This evidence will be used to answer they key question: Should Marshall Gold Discovery State Park be reopened to commercial gold mining?

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