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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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Recipes for Calderas part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from About, Inc. briefly describes modeling calderas in Yellowstone National Park. Links to related sites are also included.

School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) was formed in 2006 by merging previously separate academic programs in geoscience and planetary science, astronomy, and systems engineering. SESE ...

Educational Multimedia Visualization Center part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The goal of this site, the Educational Multimedia Visualization Center (EMVC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is to minimize capital investment and personal learning barriers via the ...

Meteorites from Mars, Rocks from Canada part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the University of Hawaii's Planetary Science Research Discoveries compares rocks from Theo's flow, an unusually thick lava flow in Ontario, to nakhlites, meteorites from Mars. The ...

Devil's Tower National Monument part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page is an introduction to Devil's Tower National Monument. Information is provided on the history, Native American folklore, and the geological formation.

Igneous Petrology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation provides an introduction to the structure of the earth in the context of the generation of igneous ...

Metamorphism of Calcareous and Ultramafic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 18-slide PowerPoint presentation describes metamorphism of calcareous rocks in terms of basic composition, SiO2, MgO, CaO ternary diagrams, and isobaric T-XCO2 and T-XH2O diagrams. The chapter ...

Intersecting Isograds at Whetstone Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 15-slide PowerPoint presentation takes the viewer through a real life investigation of metamorphic terrane consisting of pelitic and calcareous rocks. The investigation includes recognition of 5 ...

Trace Elements and Isotopes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 93-slide PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation discusses the compatibility of elements, addressing Goldschmidt's Rules, fractionation, and ...

Magma Diversification part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. Subjects include fractional crystallization, compaction, flow segregation, volatile transport, the Soret Effect, ...


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