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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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Skarns and Skarn Deposits part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is an expanded version of a review paper written by L.D. Meinert in 1992. Topics covered include the definition and mineralogy of skarn deposits, the evolution of skarns with reference to ...

The Mineral Gallery part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides access to a constantly growing collection of mineral descriptions, images, and specimens. The user can search by mineral name, class, groupings - gemstones, birthstones, etc. - ...

Ultra-High-Pressure Experimentalist Who Studies the Deep Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article profiles the work of Elise Knittle, whose research specialty is mineral physics. The essay gives an overview of the core, mantle, and crust of the Earth, including what we know about ...

Physics Applets part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These physics applets involve astrophysics, energy and environment, mechanics, and thermodynamics. The astrophysics applets are related to spectroscopy, photometry, orbital mechanics and cosmology, ...

EarthRef: Website for Physical and Chemical Earth References part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The EarthRef web site contains several online databases, downloadable modeling tools, and more. The databases include GERM (Geochemical Earth Reference Model), the EarthRef Digital Archive, the ...

Mineral Identification: The Beauty of Nature part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains a set of lessons on mineral identification. Upon completing this exercise, the student will be able to identify many of the common minerals by using the following physical ...

Common Rock-Forming Minerals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a collection of images of the common rock-forming minerals. Along with the image, the physical and chemical properties of each mineral are listed. These include: metallic or nonmetallic ...

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a research division of Columbia University dedicated to understanding how the planet Earth works. Included in this page are the various areas of research the ...

United States Geologic Survey: Selected Volcano Information part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program site contains links to selected material related to volcanic hazards. Users can access information about the volcanic hazards ...

The Cataclysmic 1991 Eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) on-line publication highlights the events and aftermath of the June 15, 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, which was the second-largest ...


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