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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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Magma Modification in the central Sierra Nevada Batholith part of Teaching Examples
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
This exercise is centered around a suite of rocks from the Sierra Nevada batholith. The activities are designed to give petrology students a capstone experience for the igneous portion of the upper-level Petrology ...

The Mountain View area of the Stillwater Complex as a field teaching model part of Teaching Examples
I. S. McCallum
Two sections in the Mountain View of the Stillwater Complex are readily accessible for field-based teaching of petrologic and geochemical principles: (a) a section through the Ultramafic series in the vicinity of ...

Field and Laboratory Project - Volcanology and Petrology of Interbedded Andesitic Lava Flows and Volcaniclastic Rocks from Washburn Volcano, Yellowstone National Park part of Teaching Examples
Todd Feeley, Montana State University-Bozeman
What follows is an example of a three part exercise for undergraduate petrology students involving volcanic and shallow intrusive rocks in the Washburn Range, Yellowstone National Park. We will loosely follow Part ...

Beartooth Highway Field Trip and Activities part of Teaching Examples
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
This day-long field trip was part of the Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century workshop. The activity description/assignment file provided below includes 3 field exercises, including outcrop observation and ...

Binary eutectic in-class exercise (Di-An) part of Teaching Examples
Allen Glazner
In this activity students work through a binary eutectic phase diagram in small groups and try to determine a set of generalizations that explain the behavior of such systems (e.g., "the first liquid produced ...

Classification of Igneous Rocks part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Louis Bartek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This is a Think-Pair-Share activity in which I show class photos of a range of igneous rocks in terms of composition and texture. After they complete the activity I fill in the voids in their knowledge with lecture ...

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 ...

Mid-Ocean Ridge Observations part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Jamie Levine, Appalachian State University
Students work in partners during class to make observations about the East Pacific Rise and Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Google Earth images. They also examine samples of typical oceanic crust and upper mantle and use ...

What is it? part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Geoffrey Pignotta, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
This classroom activity involves students interpreting geologic structures presented in photos during lecture. Photos are shown either after topics or towards the end of class and one student is called upon to ...

Investigating Plate Tectonics with Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Central Washington University
Students examine data sets of topography, bathymetry, volcano location, earthquake location and size, and ocean floor age in Google Earth to determine the location and attributes of different types of plate ...

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 ...

Differentiation and Discrimination of Big Bend Ranch State Park Igneous Rocks part of Teaching Examples
Linda Davis, Austin Community College
I give the students analyses from work that I did with Chris Henry on the Bofecillos Mountains and the Solitario. (Tertiary Volcanism of the Bofecillos Mountains and Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas: Revised ...

Yellowstone Thought Questions part of Teaching Examples
Barbara Nash
These thought questions provide students the opportunity to critically think about features they see on a field trip through Yellowstone National Park.

Igneous Dike and Metamorphic Rock Lab and Field Project part of 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, ...

When and How Did Continental Crust Form? part of Teaching Examples
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Many models have been proposed regarding the timing and mechanisms that first formed the continental crust. The purpose of this exercise is to help students explore the question of crustal genesis and evolution ...