Ask Me About Pyrite
Ask Me About Pyrite is an educational program available to public schools. It is a brief story of how abandoned mine drainage (AMD) is formed by the interactions of the mineral pyrite, commonly known as fools gold, with water and air. The pollution formed is responsible for the orange water and coating seen in numerous streams in the coal regions of PA.
The lesson is comprised of
- a presentation depicting the formation of AMD in the mining setting, and
- an activity where each student tie-dyes a tee shirt using the orange stream sediment (called yellowboy).
If you are interested in having this lesson delivered to your classroom, or for more information contact Bruce Golden at (724) 837-5271.