Educational Resources for Teaching Petrology

Examining chromite horizons at the Stillwater mine

This collection of internet resources is intended to help faculty in teaching or designing petrology courses. Many of the resources are lecture notes or PowerPoint presentations that are illustrated with useful diagrams, graphs and figures. There are also course syllabi, petrology projects, and on-line galleries of photomicrographs.

Suggest a URL of an internet resource for this collection. These links may not necessarily have instructional activities associated with them, but they could support teaching of igneous and metamorphic petrology. Examples may include links to government agencies, professional societies, institutions, and include images, maps, databases, tools and reports.

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Rogers Atlas of Rocks in Thin Section part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site comprises more than 100 images of whole petrographic thin sections, mostly in paired plane- and polarized-light views. Images are hosted at, and most are >20,000 ...

Thin Section Scans part of SERC Web Resource Collection

An online library of high resolution, full color scans of over 200 "exotic" igneous, metamorphic and metasomatic rocks in thin section, displayed under both natural ...

Shear zones and crustal blocks of southern India part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This volume is a collection of papers on the shearing and petrological evolution of southern India. It can be used to introduce students to the granulite/upper amphibolite facies rocks. Proceedings ...

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Virtual Microscope was developed for undergraduate teaching of petrology and geoscience at the Open University in the United Kingdom, allowing students to explore rock hand specimens and thin ...

Allen McNamara's Educational and Research Images and Movies [of Mantle Convection] part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page offers a collection of animations and images related to mantle plumes, mantle convection (2D and 3D), and thermochemical piles.

Cosmochemistry Illustrated part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website offers short PowerPoint presentations that provide extraterrestrial examples of terrestrial topics. Longer presentations are also available for anyone wishing to go into more ...

Geology photo search page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page contains a search engine to locate specific photos by keyword. All photos are freely downloadable and are at resolutions sufficient for power point.

ModeMaker Software part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a program for the Macintosh that allow the user to create diagrams with up to five phases each with a known size mode shape color aspect ratio and alignment. These diagrams can be used by ...

Igneous Rock Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Through a simple Flash roll over, view hand specimens of different igneous rocks classified according by texture and chemical composition. There are also views of the more common rock forming ...

Igneous Rock Crystallization Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation contains three separate movies, each exhibiting the formation of an igneous rocks in a different environment: a) rocks forming from a deep magma chamber where the slow cooling of ...