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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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Rock Cycle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site, from Moorland School in England, describes the rock cycle. Topics briefly discussed include rock formation, erosion, transportation, and deposition, plus various types of rocks. The page ...

About Geology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

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

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

This U. S. Department of Energy paper describes the status of mineral resources for the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north central Montana. The paper discusses the general geology, ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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

This U.S. Bureau of Mines report provides information about the geology and mineral resources on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Geologic topics include physiography, stratigraphy, Precambrian ...

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 ...

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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