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STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student B.)

(1) What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘mining’?
(2) Why is mining important?
(3) What do you know about the history of mining?
(4) Is there much mining in your country?
(5) Do you think mining damages the environment?
(6) How long can mining continue before the Earth is destroyed?
(7) Would you like to work in mining?
(8) Do you think miners are paid well?
(9) Why is mining considered to be one of the most stressful jobs?
(10) Do you think we’ll start mining the Moon and Mars one day?

STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student A.)

(1) What do you know about mining?
(2) Why are there so many mining accidents in China and Russia?
(3) Do you think mining can ever be environmentally friendly?
(4) Do you think mining companies should be allowed to make billions of dollars from the Earth’s natural resources?
(5) What different types of mining do you know about?
(6) What kinds of headlines and stories might be in a newspaper called “Mining News”?
(7) Would you like to be a miner for a day and see what mining is like?
(8) What dangers are there in mining?
(9) If the decision was yours, would you ban mining around the world?
(10) What questions would you like to ask a mining executive?



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