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Educational Resources for Teaching Petrology

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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Mineral Commodity Report 14: Gold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences document provides information about gold mining and production. Topics include types of ores and minerals, properties, formation, uses, price, world ...

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, ...

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 ...

Devil's Tower Geology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the National Park Service briefly addresses the geology of Devil's Tower. The evolution of various theories on the formation of the tower are discussed. A slide show of the emplacement ...

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 ...

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 ...

Magma Generation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers the origin of basaltic magmas. Two types of basalt in ocean basins are compared (tholeiitic and ...

Status of Mineral Resource Information for the Crow Indian Reservation, Montana part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This US Department of Energy report provides information about the status of mineral resource information for the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. Information is included about the ...

Radiogenic Isotopes And Geochronology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource provides illustrated lecture notes from a geochemistry course offered by Dr. Scott Wood at the University of Idaho. Topics include the law of radioactivity and the general ...

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