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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.


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 Old Faithful Area Online Tour part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Yellowstone National Park website offers an online tour of the Old Faithful area, also known as the Upper Geyser Basin. Prominent geysers and hot springs are highlighted with photos and ...

Mammoth Hot Springs Online Tour part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Yellowstone National Park website offers an online tour of the Mammoth Hot Springs. Prominent hot springs and terraces are highlighted with photos and information concerning their cycles of ...

Geomorphology from Space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Geomorphology from Space is an out of print 1986 NASA publication edited by Nicholas M. Short, Sr. and Robert W. Blair, Jr. designed for use by the remote sensing science and educational communities ...

Geology photo search page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page contains a search engine to locate specific photos by keyword. All photos are freely downloadable and are at resolutions sufficient for power point.

Black Rocks Protruding Up: The Navajo Volcanic Field part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article in Geology of the Zuni Plateau provides information about the mid-Tertiary age volcanoes, dikes and sills of the Navajo volcanic field on the Colorado Plateau. Topics include volcanism ...

Teaching Mineralogy from the Core to the Crust part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses revising the typical sequence of a mineralogy course in order to enhance retention of information and facilitate learning. Beginning with the ...

Mineral Museums as Alliance Partners in Teaching Mineral Sciences part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses the expanding role of museum curators as mineral museums change their traditional displays to interactive and informative presentations. The ...

Effects of potential geothermal development in the Corwin Springs Known Geothermal Resources Area, Montana, on the thermal features of Yellowstone National Park part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This USGS Water Resources Investigation sought to determine if the use and development of geothermal water near Gardiner, MT could adversely affect Mammoth Hot Springs within Yellowstone National ...

Rainfall-induced lahars in the Belham Valley, Montserrat, West Indies part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Rain falling on loose volcanic debris over the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat generates hazardous floods in the Belham Valley. These rainfall-induced lahars vary greatly in discharge and ...


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