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Video Questions | Vocab & Discussion | Answers

Content Areas:

Meteors, geology, crystals, elements, chemical properties, medical technology.

Grade Levels: 5-8, 9-12

National Science Content Standards:

B = Physical Science
D = Earth and Space Science

 

Synopsis:

A meteorite containing crystals with strange properties crashes onto the Earth. The crystals are discovered to absorb all silicates in the presence of water. The crystals, when wet, grow to giant proportions, then fall and crush anything in their path. To stop the crystals from destroying the town, a geologist discovers that the crystal growth is halted by salt water. 

 

Good Science:

The explanation about meteors at the beginning of the film is excellent. Some minerals do have properties that change in the presence of water. The use of the "iron lung" for patients of that time is correct. The proper methods for determining the identification of a rock are presented correctly. Great salt flats are the remnants of ancient oceans.

 

Bad Science:

There is no known crystal that absorbs and grows as the one shown. If salt water stops the crystals from growing, then humans (filled with saline water) would not be affected. 

 

Extension:

A rock sold as the "popcorn rock" does grow crystals when placed in a shallow dish of water.

 

Media Center Extension:

Become NASA certified to borrow and display lunar and meteorite materials for the school, and display them for classes. Contact NASA for more information on the Lunar-Meteorite Sample Loan Program at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/development/Lunar_Sample.html .

Contact local rock collecting clubs, associations or organizations and set up a display in the media center for classes to observe. Search for organizations online or visit Rockhound clubs by state at http://www.worldofrockhounds.com/clubs.html or visit the Geological Society of America http://www.geosociety.org/ for organization lists.

 

Web Resources:

Mineral Gallery: http://minerals.gallery.com

USGS General Interest Publications: http://pubs.usgs.gov/products/books/gip.html

Mineral Information Institute: www.mii.org

As the information available on the Web is constantly changing we recommend that you search for new sites that relate to this lesson/film.

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