Minerals in Alaska

The Alaska Public Lands Information Centers gives a nice overview about the history of minerals in Alaska.  As a “hook” to a lesson on oil deposits in Alaska, I would first have my students brainstorm a list of information that they already know (or think they know) about Alaska’s oil reserves.  Then, I would have the class examine the “Did You Know” section of this website and discuss the factoids listed about oil in Alaska.  This could jumpstart conversations and inquiries into why the environment in Alaska allows for such a vast and rich supply of oil.  In later lessons, or if students were interested in what types of other minerals are abundant in Alaska, I would have the students examine and explore this map that illustrates the distribution of mineral deposits in Alaska.