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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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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 ...

Evidence for Fractionation of Quaternary Basalts on St. Paul Island, Alaska, with Implications for the Development of Shallow Magma Chambers beneath Bering Sea Volcanoes part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper discusses the composition of igneous rocks on St. Paul Island. Detailed information is provided about the geochemistry of extrusive igneous rocks on St. Paul.

Integrating undergraduate education and scientific discovery through field research in igneous petrology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
We recast a standard igneous petrology course at Fort Lewis College into a field-based, inquiry-driven research course focused on a specific field area, in this case the Tertiary volcanic complex at ...

Snake River Plain - Yellowstone Volcanic Province part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This is a fieldtrip guidebook to the Snake River Plain-Yellowstone volcanic province. This field trip was conceived as a way to introduce one of the major volcano-tectonic features of the North ...

Guidebook of the Central Montana Alkalic Province: Geology, Ore Deposits and Origin part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This volume was prepared for the 16th Annual Field Conference of the Tobacco Root Geological Society and includes field trips to the Little Belt, Moccasin, Judith, Little Rocky and Bearpaw Mountains. ...

Middle Proterozoic Belt Supergroup, Western Montana part of SERC Print Resource Collection
From Great Falls, to Butte, Helena Glacier National Park and Spokane, this field trip crosses onto the leading edge of the Rocky Mountain thrust belt and proceeds to the stratiform copper-silver ...

From ODP to CPR; using Ocean Drilling Program data in calibrated peer review assignments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
In the past two decades an enormous amount of data has been accumulated by the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). Much of ODP's data are accessible on ODP's webpage (http://www-odp.tamu.edu), including ...

Black Rocks Protruding Up: The Navajo Volcanic Field part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article in Geology of the Zuni Plateau provides information about the mid-Tertiary age volcanoes, dikes and sills of the Navajo volcanic field on the Colorado Plateau. Topics include volcanism ...

Teaching Mineralogy from the Core to the Crust part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses revising the typical sequence of a mineralogy course in order to enhance retention of information and facilitate learning. Beginning with the ...

Mineral Museums as Alliance Partners in Teaching Mineral Sciences part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses the expanding role of museum curators as mineral museums change their traditional displays to interactive and informative presentations. The ...


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