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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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Thermodynamics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 37-slide PowerPoint presentation covers thermodynamics in metamorphic rocks. Gas phases are described in terms of gas pressure-volume relationships in light of the ideal gas law. T-X ...

Metamorphism of Pelitic Sediments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation includes 30 slides discussing metamorphism in pelitic rocks. The presentation uses AKF diagrams to describe Barrovian zones of metamorphism in metapelites. Metamorphism ...

Metamorphism of Calcareous and Ultramafic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 18-slide PowerPoint presentation describes metamorphism of calcareous rocks in terms of basic composition, SiO2, MgO, CaO ternary diagrams, and isobaric T-XCO2 and T-XH2O diagrams. The chapter ...

Intersecting Isograds at Whetstone Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 15-slide PowerPoint presentation takes the viewer through a real life investigation of metamorphic terrane consisting of pelitic and calcareous rocks. The investigation includes recognition of 5 ...

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 ...

A Classification of Metamorphic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 24-slide PowerPoint presentation describes the classification of metamorphic rocks using texture and composition. Foliation, lineation, cleavage, schistosity, gneissose structure, hornfels, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Metamorphic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource provides a comprehensive introduction to metamorphic rocks. The web site has an alphabetical list of metamorphic rocks, metamorphic classification schemes, an introduction to ...

Metamorphic Rock Textures part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes discuss metamorphic textures and the mechanisms that create them. A discussion of foliation covers types of stress and the development of foliated rocks from slate to gneiss. Five ...

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