Students will obtain information about oil extraction in Utah by performing investigations about porosity and hydraulic fracturing.
SEEd ESS.4.2 Use computational thinking to explain the relationships between the sustainability of natural resources and biodiversity within Earth systems. Emphasize the importance of responsible stewardship of Earth’s resources. Examples of factors related to sustainability could include costs of resource extraction, per-capita consumption, waste management, agricultural efficiency, or levels of conservation. Examples of natural resources could include minerals, water, or energy resources. (ESS3.A)
Lesson Performance Expectations
- Obtain information about oil extraction in Utah by performing investigations about porosity and fracking.
- Explore how the porosity of rocks affects the flow rate of oil and how porosity could be increased through the fracking process, allowing more oil to be extracted.
- Obtain information about how the fracking process could affect Utah’s society, environment, and economy.
- Propose a solution to mitigate the impacts of the fracking process while still using fracking as a way to recover oil.