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Biotite granite thin section, copyright 2001, Dexter Perkins.


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Crystallographic Calculations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a lecture by Dr. Stephen Nelson from Tulane University that discusses crystallographic calculations. Topics include a review of Miller indices, axial ratios, angles corresponding to a ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Twinning, Polymorphism, Polytypism, Pseudomorphism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a lecture by Dr. Stephen Nelson from Tulane University that discusses the various nonstandard forms of crystal growth that are characteristic to some minerals. Topics include twinning ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

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

X-Ray Crystallography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource from Dr. Terry Frey at San Diego State University is an abbreviated introduction to crystallography and x-ray diffraction. Topics include an overview, crystal growth, crystal classes ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Biology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, X-ray Techniques
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

The Tectosilicate Subclass part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides information about tectosilicates, the silicate subclass that is often called the framework silicates because the mineral structures are composed of interconnected tetrahedrons. ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Systematic Mineralogy:Framework Silicates
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work

Silicates part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website is dedicated to silicates. It includes tectosilicates, phyllosilicates, inosilicates, cyclosilicates, sorosilicates and neosilicates. For each sub-class, a brief description is included, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Island Silicates, Framework Silicates, Disilicates, Ring Silicates, Chain Silicates, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Systematic Mineralogy:Sheet Silicates
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Thermal Emission Spectroscopy of Martian Meteorites part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site, from the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, answers commonly asked questions about Martian meteorites, ranging from queries about how meteorites are recognized and ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology:Geochemistry, Geophysics:Mineral Physics
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Crystallography and Minerals Arranged by Crystal Form part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This table summarizes the 32 crystal classes by crystal system and class name, including symmetry elements. Clicking on each system or class heading provides information on each class within the ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Images/Illustrations

Making Crystals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this lab, students work in groups to grow crystals in different conditions, and then make conclusions about how and why crystals form. This site contains a detailed procedure and materials list, ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities:Project

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