Earth and Environmental Science
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Mineral Separation and Provenance Lab Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
Students will examine mineral separates from sand samples collected from a number of rivers each of which drains a slightly different geologic terrane. Differences in mineralogic composition and mineral abundance will be used to suggest different provenance for each of the sand samples. These sand samples may be treated as unknowns or the students may be informed of where the sand was sampled. At the end of the mineral separations and binocular microscope identification, the students may be allowed to consult geologic maps of the regions sampled to aid in their provenance determination.
Igneous Dike and Metamorphic Rock Lab and Field Project part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
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, Adirondack region and adjacent Quebec and Vermont. Students must pick one dike and one metamorphic rock to investigate.