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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mantle Plumes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides a broad suite of information and resources about "hot spots" and the current debate as to their existence. The site features technical tutorials and publications on a variety of ...

GeoDIL: A Geoscience Digital Image Library part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Geoscience Digital Image Library (GeoDIL) is a searchable collection of Earth science images intended as a general teaching resource, to specifically facilitate virtual field trips, to enhance ...

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 ...


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