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ERIC Number: EJ1159462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Geochemistry in Action: Watch a Dripstone Grow!
Schmidkonz, Bertram
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n10 p1492-1497 Oct 2017
Learning how cave formations, such as dripstone, take shape can be a valuable pedagogical tool in chemistry and geochemistry. Grasping the underlying processes requires students to synthesize knowledge of several different topical areas. The activity presented here uses an innovative experiment to connect chemistry concepts with an interesting geochemical feature of the natural world, whether a cave, rock outcrop, or even a deteriorating building. Demonstrating formation of a dripstone engages students' interest, offers a useful conceptual anchor for related topics in the classroom, and provides students with more practice in gaining basic laboratory skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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