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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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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, ...

ModeMaker Software part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a program for the Macintosh that allow the user to create diagrams with up to five phases each with a known size mode shape color aspect ratio and alignment. These diagrams can be used by ...

Uniaxial Positive Indicatrix Movie part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a movie showing slices through crystals in different crystallographic orientations, and the corresponding indicatrix and interference colors. This is a big file and takes awhile to download. ...

Biaxial Negative Indicatrix Movie part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a movie showing slices through crystals in different crystallographic orientations, and the corresponding indicatrix and interference colors. This is a big file and takes awhile to download. ...

Geology photo search page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page contains a search engine to locate specific photos by keyword. All photos are freely downloadable and are at resolutions sufficient for power point.


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