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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.


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Igneous Petrology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation provides an introduction to the structure of the earth in the context of the generation of igneous ...

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 ...

Igneous Rocks of the Continental Lithosphere part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes present a discussion of mineralogical classification of granitic rocks, definitions of hypersolvus and subsolvus granites, tectonic and chemical classification, and depth of ...

Metamorphism: How pressure changes rock part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide an introduction to metamorphic rocks. Topics include causes of metamorphism, mineral assemblages, phase transitions, foliation, metamorphic environments, and metamorphic ...

Structure of the Earth and the Origin of Magmas part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This set of lecture notes covers several topics relating to the earth's interior. Seismic waves and the earth's internal structure are discussed. Several mechanisms for the origin of magma are ...

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 ...

Granitoid Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 16-slide PowerPoint presentation discusses the characteristics of granitoid rocks including geographic occurrence, rare earth elements, enclave characteristics, pressure-temperature conditions, ...

Introduction to Metamorphism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 83-slide PowerPoint presentation introduces metamorphic agents and changes. Stress, strain, tension, compression, and shear are discussed as well as the lineation or foliation that results from ...

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 ...


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