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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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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 ...

Some Points of Volcanic Interest in Yellowstone National Park part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This U.S. Geological Survey website highlights a few of the many interesting volcanic features related to the Yellowstone volcanic system. Highlighted features include the Obsidian Cliffs, the Grand ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hot Spot Volcanoes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation depicts the generation and evolution of hot-spot volcanoes. It shows a mantle plume rise beneath an oceanic plate and form a hot-spot at the base of the lithosphere. As the ...

Trace Elements in Igneous Processes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a chapter from a book on geochemistry by Dr. W. M. White used in a geochemistry course at Cornell University. All aspects of trace elements are discussed, including the definition, ...

Index of Animated Phase Diagrams part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a collection of animated phase diagrams by Kenneth Windom at Iowa State University. These short Power Point animations can be used to illustrate equilibrium crystallization concepts. There ...

Rock Cycle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site, from Moorland School in England, describes the rock cycle. Topics briefly discussed include rock formation, erosion, transportation, and deposition, plus various types of rocks. The page ...


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