Kent Ratajeski

Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Kentucky

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Activities (9)

Directed Discovery of Crystal Structures part of Mineralogy:Activities
This online exercise uses a "discovery-based" approach and the latest online crystallographic information and visualization software to teach the spatial relationships and crystal-chemical rules that ...

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Physical and Chemical Variations Along the Central American Volcanic Arc part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
The Central American volcanic arc displays large arc-parallel variations in chemical composition that yield important clues concerning the complex origin of magmas in subduction zones. In this exercise, students use data compiled for the NSF MARGINS program to compare heights, volumes, and whole-rock compositions of 39 Quaternary volcanic centers along the Central American arc, together with crustal thicknesses, to assess the possible sources of the magmas and the petrologic processes that have modified them prior to eruption.

Identifying Minerals with Chemical and Crystallographic Data part of Mineralogy:Activities
In this exercise, crystal structure data for a variety of unknown minerals are downloaded and entered into XtalDraw or CrystalMaker visualization software program. Step-by-step tutorials are provided with ...

Olivine Crystal Structure part of Mineralogy:Activities
In this exercise, students use the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database and a crystallographic visualization program such as Xtaldraw or CrystalMaker to study the temperature-dependent ordering of Mg ...

Crystal Structures as Geobarometers part of Mineralogy:Activities
In this exercise, designed for undergraduate igneous petrology or advanced mineralogy courses, students download a series of crystal structures from the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database to explore ...

Crystallization-Differentiation of Basaltic Magma part of Geochemistry:Activities
In this exercise, students use geochemical data from volcanic glasses and minerals in lavas and drill cores from the solidified Kilauea Iki lava lake to learn about the petrologic processes related to the eruption ...

Compositional Diversity in Volcanic Suites part of Geochemistry:Activities
In this exercise, students use geochemical data downloaded from the GEOROC database to explore the origins of compositional variation among volcanic rocks associated with the Yellowstone and Crater Lake calderas.

The Cretaceous Superplume part of Integrating Research and Education:Cretaceous
This page was written by Kent Ratajeski as part of the DLESE Community Services Project: Integrating Research in Education. A satellite gravity and bathymetric map of the Ontong-Java plateau, an igneous province ...

Mineralogy Field Trip to the TN-NC Blue Ridge Mountains part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Share-a-Thon
The topics of Earth history and mineral resources form the two main themes for this three-day field trip to the Blue Ridge geologic province of southeastern TN and southwestern NC. The route includes stops at the ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Examples of Tactile Aids for Teaching Introductory Geology Students with Visual Disabilities part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Geology is a visually-stimulating science, and as such, presents significant challenges to students with visual disabilities. This problem is exacerbated by the explosion of visual material within introductory ...