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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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Minerals by Chemical Composition part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This interactive periodic table displays a listing of minerals by element, sorted by percent of the element. Clicking on a symbol on the table leads users to information on the element (atomic mass ...

Ultra-High-Pressure Experimentalist Who Studies the Deep Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article profiles the work of Elise Knittle, whose research specialty is mineral physics. The essay gives an overview of the core, mantle, and crust of the Earth, including what we know about ...

EarthRef: Website for Physical and Chemical Earth References part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The EarthRef web site contains several online databases, downloadable modeling tools, and more. The databases include GERM (Geochemical Earth Reference Model), the EarthRef Digital Archive, the ...

Mineral Identification: The Beauty of Nature part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains a set of lessons on mineral identification. Upon completing this exercise, the student will be able to identify many of the common minerals by using the following physical ...

Interactive Rock Cycle Animation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly simplified Flash animation displays some of the most common rock-forming processes. Embedded animations include crystallization of magma to form igneous rock, rock erosion to create ...

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 ...

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 ...

Evidence for Fractionation of Quaternary Basalts on St. Paul Island, Alaska, with Implications for the Development of Shallow Magma Chambers beneath Bering Sea Volcanoes part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper discusses the composition of igneous rocks on St. Paul Island. Detailed information is provided about the geochemistry of extrusive igneous rocks on St. Paul.

Integrating undergraduate education and scientific discovery through field research in igneous petrology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
We recast a standard igneous petrology course at Fort Lewis College into a field-based, inquiry-driven research course focused on a specific field area, in this case the Tertiary volcanic complex at ...

Snake River Plain - Yellowstone Volcanic Province part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This is a fieldtrip guidebook to the Snake River Plain-Yellowstone volcanic province. This field trip was conceived as a way to introduce one of the major volcano-tectonic features of the North ...

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