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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 ...

Black Hills part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Wikipedia page provides a brief introduction to the Black Hills. Topics include history, geology, biosystems, tourism and economy, and Black Hills in film.

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 ...

Devil's Tower Geology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the National Park Service briefly addresses the geology of Devil's Tower. The evolution of various theories on the formation of the tower are discussed. A slide show of the emplacement ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mammoth Mountain Map part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This USGS Long Valley Observatory page of the Volcano Hazards Program site features a map of Mammoth Mountain.

USGS Long Valley Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This USGS Volcano Hazards site features the Long Valley Observatory in California. Links to volcanic data, an image gallery and other resources are also included.

About Geology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from About, Inc. is a collection of links to geologic articles and resources.


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