Initial Publication Date: October 29, 2008

Minerals, Inclusions and Volcanic Processes

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This website contains a collection of instructional activities to accompany the Mineralogical Society of America and Geochemical Society short course on Minerals, Inclusions, and Volcanic Processes, Keith Putirka, California State University, Fresno and Frank Tepley, Oregon State University, conveners.
Minerals and their inclusions provide a valuable archive of volcanic processes,ranging from the depths and temperatures of magma storage, to the rates of magma ascent and the history of magmatic evolution and eruption. Check out the instructional activities listed below to support your own teaching activities about these subjects.

Short Course Description

This short course was held December 13-14, 2008, associated with the fall American Geophysical Union (more info) Meeting. Be sure to order your copy of Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry Volume 69 Minerals, Inclusions and Volcanic processes!

On-Line Tutorials

    melt inclusions

  • Teaching Phase Equilibria --
  • Geochemical Instrumentation and Analysis --

Teaching Activities for Topics of Interest


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Geochemistry of Fluid and Melt Inclusions

Isotopic Studies and Age-Dating Techniques Applied to Minerals

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Nomarski (NDIC) image

Kinetics of Mineral Growth and the Genesis of Mineral Textures

The Role of Volatiles During Magma Evolution and Ascent

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The Physics of Mineral-Melt Segregation

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