Coal Distribution in Utah

Students will compare geological and coal maps of Utah to determine why coal is unevenly distributed across the state.

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THE SUMMARY

Strand/Standard Standard 8.4.1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence that shows that the uneven distribution of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources is caused by geological processes. Examples of uneven distribution of resources could include Utah’s unique geologic history that led to the formation and irregular distribution of natural resources like copper, gold, natural gas, oil shale, silver, and uranium. (ESS3.A)

Lesson Performance Expectations

Students will compare geological maps of Utah to coal maps of Utah to determine why coal is unevenly distributed across the state.