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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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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 ...

About Geology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from About, Inc. is a collection of links to geologic articles and resources.

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 ...

Cerritos College Earth Science On-Line Tutorial Center part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site feature on-line tutorials on a variety of topics including earth materials, earth processes, landform identification, topographic map reviews, earth science math review and more. Students ...

Geology Online Laboratory Manual part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The 16 labs in this manual cover specific subjects from a range of topics including mineralogy, sedimentology, litho- and biostratigraphy, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, relative dating, ...

Meteorites from Mars, Rocks from Canada part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the University of Hawaii's Planetary Science Research Discoveries compares rocks from Theo's flow, an unusually thick lava flow in Ontario, to nakhlites, meteorites from Mars. The ...

Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Mars Pathfinder Science Results part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center features a geochemical analysis of rocks and soils on the surface of Mars using the rover's Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer. Interestingly, these ...

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 ...

Evidence of Ancient Martian Life in Meteorite ALH84001? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA website provides a summary of a study led by NASA's David McKay that may provide evidence for past life on Mars. McKay and his team found carbonate globule features on the ALH84001 ...

Magnetite morphology and life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences scholarly paper discusses the strongest line of evidence for past life on Mars based on NASA's David McKay's original claims of finding nanofossils on the ALH84001 ...

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