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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 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 ...

Magma Diversification part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. Subjects include fractional crystallization, compaction, flow segregation, volatile transport, the Soret Effect, ...

Classification of Igneous Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers classification of phaneritic igneous rocks, gabbroic rocks, ultramafic rocks, pyroclastic rocks ...

Phase Rule and Binary Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers the crystal behavior of melts through the phase rule, pressure/temperature diagrams, isobaric ...

Major Element Chemistry part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation includes a diagram describing how modern spectrographic instruments sample emitted radiation and ...

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 ...

GEOROC: Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents part of SERC Web Resource Collection

GEOROC (Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents) is intended to become a global geochemical database containing published chemical and isotopic data as well as extensive metadata for ...

The Aleutian Arc Data System part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Aleutian Arc Data System is an interactive database providing access to chemical, petrographic and spatial data concerning the geology of the Aleutian islands. A summary of physical ...

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 ...

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