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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 ...

Yellowstone-Snake-River-Plain GPS Network part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This clearinghouse of GPS information focuses on the overall strain and deformation field of the Yellowstone and Snake River Plain region.

A Living, Breathing Caldera part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report describes the crustal deformation of the Yellowstone Hotspot from 1923 to 1995. Measurements show that the Yellowstone Caldera underwent rapid uplift from 1923 to 1985; this was followed ...

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This source is a clearinghouse of scientific information about the Yellowstone volcanic system. Topics include recent seismic and thermal activity, volcanic history, references and maps, a photo ...

Current Activity at the Yellowstone Volcanic System part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides a monthly summary of current geologic events that relate to the Yellowstone volcanic system. The summary includes information about earthquakes, hydrothermal activity, and other ...

TopoZone - Yellowstone National Park part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains U.S. Geological Survey digital topographic maps for Yellowstone National Park and the rest of the United States. Maps are available in numerous series, and may be viewed at ...

The Yellowstone-Teton Epicenter part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This University of Utah website provides an overview of the history and present conditions of the Yellowstone hotspot. Topics include the track of the hotspot, tectonics, seismicity, history and ...

NAVDAT: The Western North American Volcanic and Intrusive Rock Database part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The NAVDAT project is compiling existing age, chemical, and isotopic data from Late Cretaceous to Holocene extrusive and intrusive igneous rocks from the western United States, British Columbia, and ...

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 ...

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