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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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Weird Geology: The Devil's Tower part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page features a brief introduction to the several theories about the geological processes that formed Devil's Tower, which rises 1,267 feet above the nearby Belle Fourche River and is still ...

Geology Fieldnotes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Park Service (NPS) site delivers a brief description of the geology of the Black Hills National Park. Links to park maps, a photo album, books, videos, CDs, and a searchable data base ...

Geochemical evidence for a mid-Cretaceous superplume part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an abstract of an online journal (Geology) article which presents geochemical compositions of basalts from the Polynesian "superswell" region of the South ...

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 ...

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 ...

Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA website documents the detection, tracking and measurement of volcanic eruption plumes from space. The site features an image archive of satellite data that has been used to create maps and ...

Volcanoes & Volcanism: Magmas, Lavas their properties & products part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide information on magma production, types of igneous rocks, and volcanic processes. Other subjects include active volcanoes, historical eruptions, volcano structure and ...

Study Questions Lecture 5: Melting & Igneous Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a question set about igneous processes. There are 9 questions involving concepts such as Earth's heat, magma generation, and Bowen's Reaction Series. This resource is part of the Teaching ...

How Do Rocks Melt? Magma, Lava and their Products part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide a basic introduction to internal earth processes, magma generation, and igneous rock formation. Specific topics include sources of heat, mechanisms for heat loss, the ...

EarthRef: Website for Physical and Chemical Earth References part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The EarthRef web site contains several online databases, downloadable modeling tools, and more. The databases include GERM (Geochemical Earth Reference Model), the EarthRef Digital Archive, the ...

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