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Examining chromite horizons at the Stillwater mine

This collection of internet resources is intended to help faculty in teaching or designing petrology courses. Many of the resources are lecture notes or PowerPoint presentations that are illustrated with useful diagrams, graphs and figures. There are also course syllabi, petrology projects, and on-line galleries of photomicrographs.


Suggest a URL of an internet resource for this collection. These links may not necessarily have instructional activities associated with them, but they could support teaching of igneous and metamorphic petrology. Examples may include links to government agencies, professional societies, institutions, and include images, maps, databases, tools and reports.


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Igneous Rocks of the Convergent Margins part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This set of lecture notes discusses the occurrence and tectonic settings of igneous rocks near convergent plate margins. A discussion of petrography includes major element composition, calc-alkaline ...

PETDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides an interactive petrological database of the ocean floor. The ultimate goal is to provide a robust, complete reference data library for the petrology and whole earth science ...

How Do Rocks Melt? Magma, Lava and their Products part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide a basic introduction to internal earth processes, magma generation, and igneous rock formation. Specific topics include sources of heat, mechanisms for heat loss, the ...

Igneous Rocks of the Ocean Basins part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes introduce magmatism and petrology as they relate to the oceanic lithosphere. The notes cover ophiolite sequences and types of volcanic settings found in ocean basins. A section ...

Continental Arc Magmatism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 27-slide PowerPoint presentation contains a number of schematic diagrams showing continental arc settings. Chemical comparisons of various continental arc magmas are discussed using isotopic ...

Anorthosites part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 11-slide PowerPoint presentation presents a short succession of schematic diagrams illustrating the structural evolution of anorthosites. The slides discuss the relative abundance of rare earth ...

Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. This 37-slide presentation starts by presenting a generalized map of the earth's rift system. The composition of ...

Oceanic Intraplate Volcanism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. This 29-slide presentation covers the compositional evolution of basalt using high field strength, large-ion lithophile, ...

Island Arc Magamatism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 50 slide PowerPoint presentation introduces the basic structural facets of an island arc system. Magma series (tholeiitic, alkaline, calc-alkaline) and differentiation within magma series are ...

Teaching Mineralogy from the Core to the Crust part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses revising the typical sequence of a mineralogy course in order to enhance retention of information and facilitate learning. Beginning with the ...


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