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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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Alaska Volcano Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource contains general information about the location and activity of volcanoes in Alaska, including St. Paul and St. George Islands.

How volcanic eruptions cause tsunamis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This study investigates the effect of pyroclastic flows on tsunami generation. The authors analyzed several possible mechanisms that occur when the particle rich flows encounter water and conclude ...

Magma shakes up earthquake locations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Numerical models were employed to examine the relationships between the orientation of volcanotectonic faults and magma movement. It was found that the direction of movement on strike-slip faults ...

Simplified modeling method to estimate lava flow part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource provides an abstract. A numerical model that produces early predictions for the projected path of a lava flow was created. The two dimensional model is based on a generalized set of ...

USGS Photo glossary of volcano terms part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website, part of the USGS Volcano Hazards Program, can help users distinguish among various types of volcanoes, vents, eruption types, and ejected material. The site features an extensive list ...

Video Captures Underwater 'Brimstone and Fire' part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This story from National Public Radio highlights NOAA's unusually close observations of an underwater volcano in the northern Pacific Ocean, close to a subduction zone near the Mariana Islands. After ...

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

This US Department of Energy report provides information about the status of mineral resource information for the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. Information is included about the ...

Summary of Notable Events at Mount Rainier part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This table provides a summary of notable events at Mount Rainier. Events include lahars, bomb-bearing flows, block and ash flows, pyroclastic surges, tephra, lava flows, debris flows, geothermal ...

GEOLogic: Volcanologists part of SERC Web Resource Collection

GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this ...

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 ...


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