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Petrology Activities and Examples Collection

This is a collection of educational resources used in igneous and metamorphic petrology courses. The collection includes lab exercises, classroom activities, problem sets and more. The purpose of this collection is to allow for the sharing of materials within the community of petrology teachers. You can



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A Term Research Project Focused on Electron Microprobe Studies of Unknowns in a Junior-Level Mineralogy/Petrology Course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida Summary Two students using the FCAEM Electron microprobe via remote operation in Jeff Ryan's GLY 3311C course. DetailsAs the core activity of petrology portion of a ...

Igneous Dike and Metamorphic Rock Lab and Field Project part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Mary Roden-Tice, SUNY College at Plattsburgh;
This is a semester-long lab and field project to study the petrology, petrography and tectonics of the Mesozoic dikes and intrusives, and Precambrian granulite facies metamorphic rocks from the Champlain Valley, ...

Calculating Pressures and Temperatures of Petrologic Events: Geothermobarometry part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Donna Whitney, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
In this lab exercise, students examine one or more metamorphic rocks and use various approaches to estimating and calculating the pressure-temperature conditions at which the rocks equilibrated. The exercise ...

Igneous Rocks Research Project part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Sarah Carmichael, Appalachian State University
Students work in groups to design a research project on a local igneous rock unit. Students are responsible for project design, sample collection, data collection and analysis, and collaborative writing involving ...

Atlantic City Mapping Project part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Peter Knoop, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The Atlantic City project combines magnetic and gravimetric surveys with standard geological field mapping techniques. Lack of outcrops and Banded Iron Formations (BIFs) are a key features of the mapping area, and ...

Exercise on the Mesozoic/Cenozoic Development of the North American Cordillera part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Steven Wojtal, Oberlin College
This assignment is intended to have students use the map reading skills they have learned in previous labs and their understanding of the lower crust and upper mantle derived from classroom lectures and ...

Tectonics of Fiction part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
This writing project of our Tectonics course is assigned at the start of the semester and due near the end. It is a group project that encourages creativity, cooperation, and synthesis of an entire ...

Student Field Guide part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Katherine Boggs, Mount Royal University
This activity was inspired by the "Pet Rock" project of Daryl Henry. I developed this activity to be a capstone experience for our students. During the fall 4th year field trip, students are responsible ...

Modeling Fractures in Thermal Systems: Thermal-Mechanical Feedback and Vein Formation part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:AGU Modeling Workshop 2010:Activity Ideas
Barb Dutrow, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Louisiana State University Topic: Mineralogy, Petrology, fracture formation Course type: Upper level undergraduate course Description In many geologic systems, ...

Metasomatism: Marble Hosted Talc Deposits part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:AGU Modeling Workshop 2010:Activity Ideas
David Mogk, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University Topic: Metamorphic petrology, metamorphic processes, mass balance, metasomatism Course type: Upper level undergraduate course or graduate level ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College
Karl Wirth Macalester College - The Petrology course at Macalester College is designed around a semester-long project. All laboratory and classroom activities within the course are directed toward understanding and ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Linda Davis, Washington and Lee University
Linda Lee Davis Washington and Lee University - The project forces the students to evaluate a geochemical data base, to draw inferences from the data that they plot in various ways, and then to make inferences ...

Hotspot Lesson: Final Project part of ERESE:ERESE Activities
Jamie A. Russell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Related Links Relative Dating Hotspot Theory and Plate Velocities Mantle Plumes Samoan Hotspot View Lesson Plan at ERESE ...
Students form groups to work on a assigned hotspot chain. Each group gets to study a seamount trail from around the world and needs to present 15 slides that each have 3 main points and one nice graphical illustration or image.

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Old Sticks in the Mud: Hazards of Lahars from Mount Rainier Volcano part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Patrick Pringle, Centralia College
Volcanic debris flows (lahars) flow long distances, bury and aggrade river valleys, and cause long-term stream disturbances and dramatic landscape changes. Students will evaluate the nature, scale, and history of ...

Determining the Geologic History of Rocks from a Gravel Deposit part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Activity designed by Daniel Rolf Tucker, Melinda Riddler Tucker, and William Albert Rieck of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Starting Point page developed by John McDaris.
Gravels deposited as a result of continental glaciation are used to teach introductory-level earth-science students the application of the scientific method in a cooperative learning mode which utilizes hands-on, ...