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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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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 ...

Metamorphic Fluids and Metasomatism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 33-slide PowerPoint presentation introduces metamorphic fluids and metasomatism. Topics covered include fluid speciation, solubility of chemical species, equilibrium of mineral species in zones, ...

Introduction to Petrography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Introduction to Petrography homepage from the University of Houston contains a variety of instructional materials. Topics covered include tectonics, the rock cycle, mineralogy, sedimentary, ...

Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA website documents the detection, tracking and measurement of volcanic eruption plumes from space. The site features an image archive of satellite data that has been used to create maps and ...

Microstructures and Deformation Mechanisms part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is the first in a series of lectures for a microstructures short course. These illustrated lecture notes introduce the topic of microstructures and discuss a variety of deformation mechanisms ...

Volcanoes & Volcanism: Magmas, Lavas their properties & products part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide information on magma production, types of igneous rocks, and volcanic processes. Other subjects include active volcanoes, historical eruptions, volcano structure and ...


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