Buried Treasure

We have spent many weeks learning about the many and varied aspects of this amazing and unique environment but we have been left with a question to ponder. Right now the Antarctic Treaty bans mining in Antarctica.

Years from now when the world debates whether the minerals to be found in Antarctica should be mined, will we remember the fun we had this afternoon while we dug for buried treasure?

We were set a challenge to ‘mine’ for the rich minerals in Antarctica.  Our Antarctica was a small piece of chocolate brownie, the treasure were white and dark choc chips and our tools were toothpicks.

Is it possible to mine in Antarctica and remove the minerals without destroying the surrounding environment?

As you can see some miners were more successful than others!

Should we risk damaging the environment?

What if we run out of coal or oil?  Will it be OK to mine in Antarctica in the future?

If we don’t want to mine in Antarctica what else can be done if the world is running short of resources like coal and oil?

Let us know what you think about this important issue.  Year5rc students will be writing a discussion next week to explore the points of view on both sides of this controversial issue.

Buried Treasure

Today was the culmination of our unit of work on Antarctica.  We have spent many weeks learning about the many and varied aspects of this amazing and unique environment but we have been left with a question to ponder.

Years from now when the world debates whether the minerals to be found in Antarctica should be mined, will we remember the fun we had this afternoon while we dug for buried treasure?

We were set a challenge to ‘mine’ for the rich minerals in Antarctica.  Our Antarctica was a small piece of chocolate brownie, the treasure were white and dark choc chips and our tools were toothpicks.

Is it possible to mine in Antarctica and remove the minerals without destroying the surrounding environment?

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maybe it is…IMG_0833IMG_0842

but then again, maybe it’s not….IMG_0838IMG_0839Do you think we should mine for the resources in Antarctica?

Should we risk damaging the environment?

What if we run out of coal or oil?  Will it be OK to mine in Antarctica in the future?

If we don’t want to mine in Antarctica what else can be done if the world is running short of resources like coal and oil?

Let us know what you think about this important issue.