# Petrology Activities and Examples Collection

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# Subject: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

- 98 matches General/Other
- Volcanology 68 matches
- Geochemistry 46 matches
- Igneous Processes 64 matches
- Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings 39 matches
- Metamorphic Processes 26 matches
- Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 48 matches
- PTt Relationships 26 matches
- Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies 13 matches
- Igneous Rocks 30 matches
- Metamorphic Rocks 11 matches

# Resource Type: Activities

Results 46 - 60 of **273 matches**

Origins of Mafic Enclaves in the Dinkey Creek Pluton, Central Sierra Nevada Batholith, California part of Teaching Examples

Jade Star Lackey, Pomona College;

In this lab exercise, students use and substantial spreadsheet of major, minor and trace element data compiled from studies of the Dinkey Creek pluton (Sierra Nevada batholith) and its microgranular mafic enclaves. ...

Batch and Rayleigh Decarbonation Modeling of d13C part of Teaching Examples

Jade Star Lackey, Pomona College;

This is an Excel spreadsheet and graph that illustrates standard "batch" and Rayleigh decarbonation models and how they can be used to detect fluid infiltration during metamorphism of carbonates. It makes ...

Chemical Differentiation in the Palisades Sill part of Teaching Examples

Matthew Gorring, Montclair State University

The purpose of this assignment is for students to synthesize field observations, petrography, and whole-rock chemical analyses in order to investigate chemical differentiation processes in a basaltic magma chamber. ...

Homework on Volcanic Rock Chemistry and Binary Phase Diagrams part of Teaching Examples

Jane Selverstone, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

This homework has 2 main parts: In the first part, students are given bulk compositions for 6 volcanic rocks and asked to classify them, think about their normative compositions, and given likely tectonic settings ...

Metastability during metamorphism (reading a metamorphic petrology paper from the literature) part of Teaching Examples

William Peck, Colgate University

I use this problem set as a way to introduce students (mostly sophomores) to reading a technical article from the literature. The paper is Austrheim, H, 1987, Eclogitization of lower crustal granulites by fluid ...

Plotting Compositions in 2-D and 3-D Space part of Teaching Examples

Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus

This is a fairly short exercise that can be used for an in-class cooperative learning project or as homework. It includes LOTS of explanation and so is sort of a tutorial. I use it in my petrology class because it ...

Naming Igneous Rocks part of Teaching Examples

Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus

This project is intended to introduce students to the IUGS rock classification scheme. Samples come from the Wards Collections (which many schools have). Students are provided with both hand specimens and thin ...

Plagioclase Phase Diagram part of Teaching Examples

Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus

This is a short exercise aimed at evaluating whether students understand how to interpret the Ab-An phase diagram.

Simple Eutectic Exercise: Diopside-Anorthite part of Teaching Examples

Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus

This exercise can be done in-class (I use it as a group activity) or as homework. It is a quick way to get students to figure out how to use and interpret simple eutectic diagrams.

Thermobarometry Problem Set part of Teaching Examples

Jane Selverstone

This homework assignment gives students first-hand experience with thermobarometric calculations. Because many of my students are math challenged, I give them a choice of solving the equations by hand or with ...

Interpretation and Petrogenesis of Zoned Plagioclase part of Teaching Examples

R. K. Smith

The purpose of this exercise is to give students the experience of utilizing the two component solid solution phase diagram of albite-anorthite and applying this diagram to the interpretation and petrogenesis of ...

Major Element Control Presentation part of Teaching Examples

Kurt Hollocher, Union College (Lincoln, NE)

The presentation is an introduction to the control of magma chemical compositions by the fractionation of crystallizing phases. It is followed by a lab exercise where students interpret volcanic rock petrology and ...

Application of Sr Isotopic Data to Tuolumne Intrusive Series, Sierra Nevada, CA part of Teaching Examples

Jeff Tepper, University of Puget Sound

In this problem set students are given Rb/Sr and 87Sr/86Sr data for whole rock and mineral samples from three granitic intrusions in the Sierra Nevada. They use these data (in EXCEL) to calculate isochron ages and ...

Major Element Fractionation During Differentiation part of Teaching Examples

Elizabeth King

This problem set introduces some of the more advanced uses of Excel to not only calculate how the chemistry of a magma changes with crystallization but also to see how the liquidus assemblage can drastically change ...

Field Guide to the Dutchess County, NY, Barrovian Sequence part of Teaching Examples

Donna Whitney, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

This is a field guide used for a field trip to explore the Barrovian sequence in Dutchess County, NY.