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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.


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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Metamorphic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource provides a comprehensive introduction to metamorphic rocks. The web site has an alphabetical list of metamorphic rocks, metamorphic classification schemes, an introduction to ...

Introduction to Metamorphism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 83-slide PowerPoint presentation introduces metamorphic agents and changes. Stress, strain, tension, compression, and shear are discussed as well as the lineation or foliation that results from ...

A Classification of Metamorphic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 24-slide PowerPoint presentation describes the classification of metamorphic rocks using texture and composition. Foliation, lineation, cleavage, schistosity, gneissose structure, hornfels, and ...

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Class Materials part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site is maintained by John Winter of Whitman College, and contains 31 PowerPoint presentations for an igneous and metamorphic petrology course. The course and the lectures are keyed to his ...

Interactive Rock Cycle Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly simplified Flash animation displays some of the most common rock-forming processes. Embedded animations include crystallization of magma to form igneous rock, rock erosion to create ...

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Virtual Microscope was developed for undergraduate teaching of petrology and geoscience at the Open University in the United Kingdom, allowing students to explore rock hand specimens and thin ...

Middle Proterozoic Belt Supergroup, Western Montana part of SERC Print Resource Collection
From Great Falls, to Butte, Helena Glacier National Park and Spokane, this field trip crosses onto the leading edge of the Rocky Mountain thrust belt and proceeds to the stratiform copper-silver ...

Geology and America's National Park Areas part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book serves as an introduction to the geology of National Parks and park systems in the United States. An array of photographs, maps, stratigraphic columns, charts, illustrations, and graphs are ...

Precambrian and Mesozoic Plate Margins: Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, with field guides for the 8th International Conference on Basement Tectonics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This volume describes the geology along the routes of two field trips. The papers in the first part of the volume take the reader from the Stillwater Complex across the Beartooth Plateau, to the ...

The Stillwater Complex, Montana: Geology and Guide part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Special Publication contains a geological synthesis of the Stillwater Complex and gives detailed directions to, and descriptions of, outstanding exposures. It is intended to provide the ...

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