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Igneous Rocks & Volcanics

Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD and Marjorie Chan PhD, University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics
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Summary

This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to volcanic styles, eruptions, igneous rock textures and their evidence in the Martian landscape.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course.  Students, before engaging in the In-Class Activities and/or Homework will need to be provided with an overview of igneous rocks (see Teaching Notes and Tips).

            All In-Class Activities can be adapted to a homework set if desired.  Online access is essential for video viewing in association with the In-Class Activities.

Description and Teaching Materials

In-Class Activity

Homework/Lab

Teaching Notes and Tips

Assessment

References and Resources

1. Image file: Igneous Rocks and Volcanics (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 20.8MB Oct23 12).

2. Rock Cycle Background: http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es0602/es0602page02.cfm

3. Columnar Joint Background: http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/education/facts/col_joint.html

4. Columnar Joint Experiment Video: http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~nonlin/movies/starch_movies.html

5. Columnar Jointing in Columbia River Gorge Oregon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLGXmJZ_KIU

6. Recent quakes on Mars? [article] http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2012/2012-09.shtml

7. Mars columnar jointing discovery by HIRISE in Geology: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/37/2/171/F1.expansion.html

8. HIRIES columnar jointing image: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/multimedia/mro20090225.html

9. -Pahoehoe lava flow video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTTLYx4Xo2k&feature=related

10. -A'a lava flow video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWswq8PmRII

11. -Mars lava coils: Discovery news article: http://www.space.com/15446-mars-lava-volcanoes.html Image source: http://www.space.com/15446-mars-lava-volcanoes.html

12. Basalt on Mars (Hawaii): http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu/May09/Mars.Basaltic.Crust.html

13. Athabasca Spiral lava flows: Discovery news article: http://www.space.com/15446-mars-lava-volcanoes.html

Image source: http://www.space.com/15446-mars-lava-volcanoes.html

14. Mars Plagioclase mineralogy animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRU0cHb31JM