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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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Cosmochemistry Illustrated part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website offers short PowerPoint presentations that provide extraterrestrial examples of terrestrial topics. Longer presentations are also available for anyone wishing to go into more ...

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 ...

Allen McNamara's Educational and Research Images and Movies [of Mantle Convection] part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page offers a collection of animations and images related to mantle plumes, mantle convection (2D and 3D), and thermochemical piles.

Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page is designed to display some of the most significant features of minerals viewed in thin section, and to show the most conspicuous features of major rock-forming minerals. A description of ...

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Virtual Microscope was developed for undergraduate teaching of petrology and geoscience at the Open University in the United Kingdom, allowing students to explore rock hand specimens and thin ...

Status of Mineral Resource Information for the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Montana part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This U.S. Bureau of Mines report provides information about the geology and mineral resources on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Geologic topics include physiography, stratigraphy, Precambrian ...

Columbia Plateau, Columbia River Basalt Group part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website features multiple links to geologic resources relating to the Columbia River Plateau and Columbia River Basalt Group. The types of resources available include background information, ...

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 ...


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