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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

Minerals by Physical and Optical Properties part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a listing of mineral species arranged by physical and optical properties: hardness, streak, and luster; density; cleavage and fracture; refractive index; or color. Clicking on each property ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Audio

Alphabetical Listing of Mineral Species part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This directory provides an alphabetical listing of more than 4,000 mineral species. Clicking on each mineral name provides access to information including chemical formula and composition, locality ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy, Crystallography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Audio, Animations/Video

Metamorphic Textures II part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 60-slide PowerPoint presentation discusses regional metamorphic fabrics, covering foliation, cleavage, schistosity, and lineation. This presentation contains photographs and diagrams that show ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Metamorphic Textures I part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation covers metamorphic textures such as relict, deformation, recrystallization, and recovery. Contact metamorphic textures are discussed, including decussate, granoblastic ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals, and Textures part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides photomicrographs of minerals and rocks in thin section. The images are subdivided into minerals, plutonic microtextures, volcanic microtextures, and metamorphic microtextures. ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

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

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

Identification Tables for Common Minerals in Thin Section part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource is a table for the identification of minerals with a petrographic microscope. The table lists minerals and their properties, including color in thin section, refractive index, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Scientific Resources:Collection

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Virtual Microscope was developed for undergraduate teaching of petrology and geoscience at the Open University in the United Kingdom, allowing students to explore rock hand specimens and thin ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Collection, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Collections

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