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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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Triangular Plots in Metamorphic Petrology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes discuss the use of three component systems in metamorphic petrology. Common triangular plots used in metamorphic rocks are presented with annotated ternary diagrams. The ...

Summary of Notable Events at Mount Rainier part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This table provides a summary of notable events at Mount Rainier. Events include lahars, bomb-bearing flows, block and ash flows, pyroclastic surges, tephra, lava flows, debris flows, geothermal ...

Status of Mineral Resource Information for the Crow Indian Reservation, Montana part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This US Department of Energy report provides information about the status of mineral resource information for the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. Information is included about the ...

Radiogenic Isotopes And Geochronology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource provides illustrated lecture notes from a geochemistry course offered by Dr. Scott Wood at the University of Idaho. Topics include the law of radioactivity and the general ...

X-Ray Crystallography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource from Dr. Terry Frey at San Diego State University is an abbreviated introduction to crystallography and x-ray diffraction. Topics include an overview, crystal growth, crystal classes ...

Minerals by Chemical Composition part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This interactive periodic table displays a listing of minerals by element, sorted by percent of the element. Clicking on a symbol on the table leads users to information on the element (atomic mass ...

The Aleutian Arc Data System part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Aleutian Arc Data System is an interactive database providing access to chemical, petrographic and spatial data concerning the geology of the Aleutian islands. A summary of physical ...

PETDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides an interactive petrological database of the ocean floor. The ultimate goal is to provide a robust, complete reference data library for the petrology and whole earth science ...

Regional Metamorphism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide several examples of regional metamorphism. The notes introduce Barrovian Facies metamorphism, using the classic example of the Dalradian and Moinian Series of Scotland. A ...

Radiometric Dating part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This set of lecture notes covers the concept of radiometric dating. Topics covered include half-life, parent, and daughter isotopes, Rb/Sr systems, and Ur/Th/Pb systems. Determination of the age of ...


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