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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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The Quaternary and Pliocene Yellowstone Plateau Volcanic Field of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper is aimed at constructing a volcanic history of the Yellowstone Plateau region, interpreting important volcanic mechanisms, and seeking clues to ...

Yellowstone Caldera, Wyoming part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This U.S. Geological Survey clearinghouse provides a diverse array of over 40 links to information on the Yellowstone volcanic system. The links are organized by category, including background and ...

NAVDAT: The Western North American Volcanic and Intrusive Rock Database part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The NAVDAT project is compiling existing age, chemical, and isotopic data from Late Cretaceous to Holocene extrusive and intrusive igneous rocks from the western United States, British Columbia, and ...

Mesozoic Plutonism in the central Sierra Nevada Batholith: A review of works on mineralogy and isotopes in relation to models for batholith formation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This webpage, developed by a student as part of a "Tectonics of the Western U.S." course at the University of Colorado, is a useful summary of past and current ideas about the origin of the ...

Geochemical evidence for a mid-Cretaceous superplume part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an abstract of an online journal (Geology) article which presents geochemical compositions of basalts from the Polynesian "superswell" region of the South ...

Trace Elements in Igneous Processes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a chapter from a book on geochemistry by Dr. W. M. White used in a geochemistry course at Cornell University. All aspects of trace elements are discussed, including the definition, ...

Index of Animated Phase Diagrams part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a collection of animated phase diagrams by Kenneth Windom at Iowa State University. These short Power Point animations can be used to illustrate equilibrium crystallization concepts. There ...

School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) was formed in 2006 by merging previously separate academic programs in geoscience and planetary science, astronomy, and systems engineering. SESE ...

Geokem part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Dr. Bernie Gunn offers a brief description of volcanic and igneous centers world-wide (and some associated sediments) for which there is reasonable data. The site features regional ...

The Chemical Composition of Martian Soil and Rocks Returned by the Mobile Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer: Preliminary Results from the X-ray Mode part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article presents the chemical composition of six soils and five rocks at the Ares Vallis landing site obtained by the alpha proton x-ray spectrometer on board the rover of the Mars Pathfinder ...

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