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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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The Rock Record and Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This collection of individual slides uses annotated diagrams, tables and photographs to provide an overview of topics related to geologic time. Created by Dr. Vincent J.M. Salters at Florida State ...

The Chemical Composition of Martian Soil and Rocks Returned by the Mobile Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer: Preliminary Results from the X-ray Mode part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article presents the chemical composition of six soils and five rocks at the Ares Vallis landing site obtained by the alpha proton x-ray spectrometer on board the rover of the Mars Pathfinder ...

Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Mars Pathfinder Science Results part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center features a geochemical analysis of rocks and soils on the surface of Mars using the rover's Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer. Interestingly, these ...

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 ...

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 ...

Magnetite morphology and life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences scholarly paper discusses the strongest line of evidence for past life on Mars based on NASA's David McKay's original claims of finding nanofossils on the ALH84001 ...

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.

Hot Spot Volcanoes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation depicts the generation and evolution of hot-spot volcanoes. It shows a mantle plume rise beneath an oceanic plate and form a hot-spot at the base of the lithosphere. As the ...

Virtual Field Trips part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features virtual field trips. Topics include sedimentary structures, volcanoes, Death Valley, and ground water. Each field trip features photographs and descriptive text.

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 ...


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