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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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Metamorphism: How pressure changes rock part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide an introduction to metamorphic rocks. Topics include causes of metamorphism, mineral assemblages, phase transitions, foliation, metamorphic environments, and metamorphic ...

Study Questions Lecture 5: Melting & Igneous Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a question set about igneous processes. There are 9 questions involving concepts such as Earth's heat, magma generation, and Bowen's Reaction Series. This resource is part of the Teaching ...

How Do Rocks Melt? Magma, Lava and their Products part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes provide a basic introduction to internal earth processes, magma generation, and igneous rock formation. Specific topics include sources of heat, mechanisms for heat loss, the ...

Ultra-High-Pressure Experimentalist Who Studies the Deep Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article profiles the work of Elise Knittle, whose research specialty is mineral physics. The essay gives an overview of the core, mantle, and crust of the Earth, including what we know about ...

EarthRef: Website for Physical and Chemical Earth References part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The EarthRef web site contains several online databases, downloadable modeling tools, and more. The databases include GERM (Geochemical Earth Reference Model), the EarthRef Digital Archive, the ...

Mineral Identification: The Beauty of Nature part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains a set of lessons on mineral identification. Upon completing this exercise, the student will be able to identify many of the common minerals by using the following physical ...

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a research division of Columbia University dedicated to understanding how the planet Earth works. Included in this page are the various areas of research the ...

United States Geologic Survey: Selected Volcano Information part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program site contains links to selected material related to volcanic hazards. Users can access information about the volcanic hazards ...

Ternary Phase Diagrams part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes discuss equilibrium crystallization in two component systems. Isotherms and boundary curves are introduced in this section. Other topics discussed include congruently melting ...

Igneous Rocks of the Ocean Basins part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These lecture notes introduce magmatism and petrology as they relate to the oceanic lithosphere. The notes cover ophiolite sequences and types of volcanic settings found in ocean basins. A section ...


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