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This educational resource describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes. Topics include volcanic environments, volcano landforms, eruption dynamics, eruption products, eruption types, historical eruptions, and planetary volcanism. There are two animations, over 250 images, eight interactive tests, and a volcano crossword puzzle. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal, General public
Resource type: Course, Field trip - virtual, Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Natural hazards, Space science
 
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Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system pertaining to the Earth and Space sciences. The objective of this project is to develop an innovative and engaging web site that spans the Earth and Space sciences and includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal, General public
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Lab activity, Photograph, Book - text, Educational portal, Ask an expert
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Geologic time, Geology, Geophysics, Mineralogy or petrology, Paleontology, Structural geology, History and philosophy of science, Hydrology, Biological oceanography, Physical oceanography, Physics, Space science
 
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This is the homepage of a Gem and Minerals class at the University of Texas. The course objectives are to explore the following topics: what are gems and minerals, methods of identification, physical and optical propoerties, crystallography and optics, lapidary arts, the geology of major gem localities, and the value of gems. The site offers access to the course syllabus, handouts, exams with interactive ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Course
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This image gallery provides pictures of thousands of mineral specimens, arranged alphabetically. For each specimen, a thumbnail and a larger image are provided. Other information includes a brief description of the specimen being shown, scale bar (when available), locality data, and a link to additional information on the mineral. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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A detailed set of images that provide background for the study of igneous and metamorphic minerals, rocks and textures. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Photograph
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This directory provides a listing of minerals arranged by Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD) data . XRD is one of the primary techniques used to examine the physico-chemical make-up of unknown solids, in which a powdered sample is illuminated with X rays of a fixed wavelength and the intensity of the reflected radiation is recorded using a goniometer. Minerals are arranged in increasing order of D1 spacing, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This web page provides an interactive petrological database of the ocean floor. The ultimate goal is to provide a robust, complete reference data library for the petrology and whole earth science communities. Users enter search parameters such as geographical name, latitude, longitude, elevation, tectonic setting, expedition name and chemistry, and receive information on the petrological condition ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This is a large database of minerals that can be sorted either alphabetically or arranged systematically. Users can access minerals by name, elements, sulfides, halides, oxides, carbonates, sulfates, phosphates, silicates, organic minerals, or by variety. Once located, the properties of the mineral are displayed, including its chemical formula, crystal system, and location. Users can also access photos ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This undergraduate course deals with principles and concepts fundamental to understanding the physical, chemical, crystallographic and structural properties of minerals. There is a syllabus, annotated lecture schedule, list of lecture topics with assoicated links, and a set of on-line quizzes for student self assessment. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Course
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This directory provides a listing of mineral species based on Dana's New Mineralogy, in which a number is assigned to each class based on a combination of chemistry and crystal structure. Clicking on each class heading provides access to a list of each mineral that conforms to that class. Each mineral name is a link to additional information on the mineral. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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