LINDEN — ESL students at Joseph E. Soehl Middle School in Linden visited Sterling Hill Mine and explored geology and mineralogy through an underground mine tour, a scavenger hunt through an historical exhibit, a visit to a museum of fluorescence, and through an opportunity, at the conclusion of the trip, to use what they had learned to participate in their own identification and collection of important rocks and minerals. Over the course of the trip, students were engaged in making connections between the products they use every day and raw materials taken from the Earth. Additionally, each student left the mine not just with the rocks they collected and memories of their experiences, but also with an important challenge to continue to consider and explore ideas on how to reduce dependence on mining and help keep environmental consequences to a minimum. (Photo by Soehl Middle School)
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