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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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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 ...

Hot Spot Volcanoes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation depicts the generation and evolution of hot-spot volcanoes. It shows a mantle plume rise beneath an oceanic plate and form a hot-spot at the base of the lithosphere. As the ...

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This source is a clearinghouse of scientific information about the Yellowstone volcanic system. Topics include recent seismic and thermal activity, volcanic history, references and maps, a photo ...

Current Activity at the Yellowstone Volcanic System part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides a monthly summary of current geologic events that relate to the Yellowstone volcanic system. The summary includes information about earthquakes, hydrothermal activity, and other ...

The Yellowstone-Teton Epicenter part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This University of Utah website provides an overview of the history and present conditions of the Yellowstone hotspot. Topics include the track of the hotspot, tectonics, seismicity, history and ...

Rock Cycle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site, from Moorland School in England, describes the rock cycle. Topics briefly discussed include rock formation, erosion, transportation, and deposition, plus various types of rocks. The page ...

Geochemical evidence for a mid-Cretaceous superplume part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an abstract of an online journal (Geology) article which presents geochemical compositions of basalts from the Polynesian "superswell" region of the ...

Black Hills White Justice part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book documents the trials and treaties between the Sioux Nation and the United States, from 1775 to present. The book centers around the Gold Rush, the battle of Wounded Knee, the ...

The Biology of Tardigrades part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book is a modern comprehensive account of marine and freshwater tardigrades. In addition to being the first taxonomic review in over a decade, it contains extensive information about water bear ...

Regional Ground-Water Flow Concepts in the United States: Historical Perspective part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper is a review of regional flow concepts. It's an excellent resource for starting a term-paper or project.

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