Wendy Panero

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Geological Sciences
Ohio State University-Main Campus

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Activities (3)

Mineral composition using XRF (EDS or microprobe) part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
At the end of this exercise you will be able to calculate chemical formula of a mineral based on weight percent oxides, and evaluate the extent of solid solution between end member compositions.

Research Project for Mineralogy part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
The assignment allows for open ended exploration of a topic of interest in geosciences in which one or more mineral's chemistry and/or crystal structure is significant to understanding that geoscience problem. Students collect data throughout the quarter, and present their projects in a department-wide poster session

Exploring Crystal Structures with XtalDraw part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
This exercise uses publicly available resources to visualize mineral structures in three dimensions on the computer, including symmetry, the use of polyhedral modeling and linking, and the effects of solid solutions on bonding.

Courses (2)

Mineralogy part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
All scientists, industrialists, economists, environmentalists need to know something about mineralogy and mineral occurrences on Earth. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and meteorites consist mainly of minerals. Therefore, minerals and assemblages of minerals are a major source of information about processes in our solar system. In addition, mineral resources are the basis for many raw commodities and national economies, and minerals and their interactions with the environment are controlling factors in chemistry of waters and the atmosphere. It is for these reasons that mineralogy is a foundation course for a geology degree. Crystals are examples of nature's tendency towards order and symmetry. The study of crystals has led to our understanding of the size of atoms, and how they are arranged in compounds. With an understanding of the atomic structure and chemistry of materials, we can make predictions of the state and evolution of the planet's past, present and future. Most importantly, minerals can be beautiful. Please remember to always take a moment to observe the inherent beauty of each sample.

Mineralogy part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
All scientists, industrialists, economists, environmentalists need to know something about mineralogy and mineral occurrences on Earth. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and meteorites consist mainly of minerals. Therefore, minerals and assemblages of minerals are a major source of information about processes in our solar system. In addition, mineral resources are the basis for many raw commodities and national economies, and minerals and their interactions with the environment are controlling factors in chemistry of waters and the atmosphere. It is for these reasons that mineralogy is a foundation course for a geology degree. Crystals are examples of nature's tendency towards order and symmetry. The study of crystals has led to our understanding of the size of atoms, and how they are arranged in compounds. With an understanding of the atomic structure and chemistry of materials, we can make predictions of the state and evolution of the planet's past, present and future. Most importantly, minerals can be beautiful. Please remember to always take a moment to observe the inherent beauty of each sample.


Events and Communities

Understanding the Deep Earth Participants

Course Design Online 2006 Participants

Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry Workshop Participants 2011