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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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Visible Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides a searchable collection of NASA Earth science images, animations and data visualizations. Most images are available at multiple resolutions, with a description of the image and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trace Elements and Isotopes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 93-slide PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation discusses the compatibility of elements, addressing Goldschmidt's Rules, fractionation, 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 ...

Discover Our Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Discover Our Earth contains a wide range of information related to Earth science using graphs, maps, and movies. The focal topics are earthquakes, volcanoes, topography, plate tectonics, and sea ...

Igneous Rocks of the Continental Lithosphere part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes present a discussion of mineralogical classification of granitic rocks, definitions of hypersolvus and subsolvus granites, tectonic and chemical classification, and depth of ...

PETDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides an interactive petrological database of the ocean floor. The ultimate goal is to provide a robust, complete reference data library for the petrology and whole earth science ...

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a research division of Columbia University dedicated to understanding how the planet Earth works. Included in this page are the various areas of research the ...

Igneous Rocks of the Ocean Basins part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes introduce magmatism and petrology as they relate to the oceanic lithosphere. The notes cover ophiolite sequences and types of volcanic settings found in ocean basins. A section ...

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