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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.


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Classification of Igneous Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers classification of phaneritic igneous rocks, gabbroic rocks, ultramafic rocks, pyroclastic rocks ...

Layered Mafic Intrusions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. This 50-slide presentation introduces layered mafic intrusions around the world. The chapter discusses various layered ...

Thermodynamics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers basic subjects of thermodynamics. These subjects include energy states, phases, Gibb's free ...

Phase Rule and Binary Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers the crystal behavior of melts through the phase rule, pressure/temperature diagrams, isobaric ...

Major Element Chemistry part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation includes a diagram describing how modern spectrographic instruments sample emitted radiation and ...

Magma Generation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers the origin of basaltic magmas. Two types of basalt in ocean basins are compared (tholeiitic and ...

Metamorphic Facies and Metamorphosed Mafic Rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 72-slide PowerPoint presentation discusses mineral assemblages and metamorphic facies in terms of temperature and pressure changes. Eclogite, granulite, amphibolite, blueschist, greenschist, ...

Thermodynamics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 37-slide PowerPoint presentation covers thermodynamics in metamorphic rocks. Gas phases are described in terms of gas pressure-volume relationships in light of the ideal gas law. T-X ...

Metamorphism of Pelitic Sediments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PowerPoint presentation includes 30 slides discussing metamorphism in pelitic rocks. The presentation uses AKF diagrams to describe Barrovian zones of metamorphism in metapelites. Metamorphism ...

Discover Our Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Discover Our Earth contains a wide range of information related to Earth science using graphs, maps, and movies. The focal topics are earthquakes, volcanoes, topography, plate tectonics, and sea ...


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