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Welcome to Oit, a planet recently discovered by scientists and which has an orbit around the Sun directly opposite that of the Earth. You are a geologist charged with exploration of this planet. You will have a number of tasks to perform.

Before you are given your duties to perform while exploring the planet, you must possess knowledge of the scientific method and of the tools needed to identify rocks and minerals. After meeting the challenge of successfully ordering the steps of the scientific method, you will pack your bag with tools, bringing what you deem necessary. The first mission involves identification of the mineral and rock resources of Oit. Your general goal is to identify as many minerals and rocks as you can. You score 25 points for these.

You will also receive specific rock identification goals. Your skills with your geologic tools will help you as you explore the planet thoroughly performing tests to complete the mission.

A challenging mission will be successfully creating a geologic map. You will first correctly identify all of the outcrops of the Rolling Hills. There are seven different types. Based on this data, you will draw a geologic map that highlights the locations of the different outcrops.

Before you leave the planet, you realize that your spaceship is in dire need of electrical power and engineers have determined that an underground power line needs to run from wind turbines north of the Rolling Hills to your spaceship through a sandstone unit and in order to minimize problems with some structural weaknesses in that particular sandstone unit, the engineers want the power line to traverse the shortest possible path through the sandstone. You will be required to determine the horizontal thickness in order to get power to you spaceship

We hope you accept this mission. It may be difficult at times, but there will always be a helping hand. We know you will be an excellent addition to our crew. We on Earth await your findings.

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