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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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Geomorphology from Space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Geomorphology from Space is an out of print 1986 NASA publication edited by Nicholas M. Short, Sr. and Robert W. Blair, Jr. designed for use by the remote sensing science and educational communities ...

Thermobarometry part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site hosts a computer application for thermobarometry. The program calculates pressures and temperatures for garnet, cordierite, spinel, sillimanite/kyanite, quartz anhydrous or hydrous pelitic ...

MELTS Home Page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

MELTS is a software package for modeling crystallization of magmatic systems. The MELTS home page provides acess to three types of modeling tools. The software can be used to calculate phase ...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's Operational Significant Event Imagery part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides high-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events. Links are available to images on the following subjects: current events, dust storms, fires, floods, ...

Interactive Rock Cycle Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly simplified Flash animation displays some of the most common rock-forming processes. Embedded animations include crystallization of magma to form igneous rock, rock erosion to create ...

Igneous Rock Crystallization Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation contains three separate movies, each exhibiting the formation of an igneous rocks in a different environment: a) rocks forming from a deep magma chamber where the slow cooling of ...

Igneous Rock Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Through a simple Flash roll over, view hand specimens of different igneous rocks classified according by texture and chemical composition. There are also views of the more common rock forming ...

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Virtual Microscope was developed for undergraduate teaching of petrology and geoscience at the Open University in the United Kingdom, allowing students to explore rock hand specimens and thin ...

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

This U.S. Bureau of Mines report provides information about the geology and mineral resources on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Geologic topics include physiography, stratigraphy, Precambrian ...

Columbia Plateau, Columbia River Basalt Group part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website features multiple links to geologic resources relating to the Columbia River Plateau and Columbia River Basalt Group. The types of resources available include background information, ...


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