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Biotite granite thin section, copyright 2001, Dexter Perkins.


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Asbestos Hazard Assessment part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This interactive site introduces students to concepts related to asbestos and how geologists analyze asbestos in building materials. The site is divided into three components: the geology of ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy, Physical Properties, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Course Information:Course Site, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities:Project:Investigative Case Studies

Crystallography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a table of crystallography groups. The table is composed of 32 classes of symmetry derived from observations of the external crystal form. From these 32 classes, 230 space groups are ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Optical Mineralogy part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource is an outline of a course on optical mineralogy. Topics include Properties of Light, Refractometry, Isotropic Materials, Anisotropic Minerals, Optical Properties, Uniaxial Minerals, and ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Optical Mineralogy part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource is a 43 page pdf document on the principals of optical mineralogy. Topics include light, the polarizing light microscope, the refractive index, optical classes and indicatrix theory, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes

Minerals Under the Microscope part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the basics of optical mineralogy. Topics include the polarized light microscope, mineral shape and cleavage, relief, color and pleochroism, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Crystal Chemistry part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a lecture from Tulane University that explores atoms and how they interact with one another to determine the physical and structural properties of crystals. Topics include atoms, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystal Chemistry, Crystallography
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Introduction and Symmetry Operations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site consists of an introductory lecture on crystal symmetry and symmetry operations. It provides the definition of a mineral and then covers topics including different types of rotational ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Crystallography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes

Crystal Morphology, Crystal Symmetry, Crystallographic Axes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a lecture from Tulane University that explores the symmetry observed in crystals. Topics covered include crystallographic axes, the crystal lattice, and unit cells. Tables and ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Crystallography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes

The Terrestrial Environment part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides an illustrated lecture from a geochemistry course offered by Dr. Scott Wood at the University of Idaho. Topics include crystal chemistry, ionic substitutions in crystals, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Crystal Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Reaction Kinetics/Rates
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities:Problem Set, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes

Axial Ratios, Parameters, Miller Indices part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a lecture about crystal structure from Dr. Stephen Nelson at Tulane University. Topics include axial ratios, intercepts of crystal faces (Weiss Parameters), determination of the Miller ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations