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This site from the "On the Cutting Edge" workshop series features a collection of resources for teaching mineralogy at the undergraduate level. These digital teaching materials are designed for faculty to use while designing new courses, enhancing existing courses, or simply looking for new ideas in teaching mineralogy. Students will also find this collection helpful for finding supplemental study ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This collection, from the "On the Cutting Edge" workshop series, features educational resources useful for teaching undergraduate igneous and metamorphic petrology courses. The collection includes lab exercises, classroom activities, problem sets and more. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Problem set
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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The Mineral Gallery is a constantly growing collection of mineral descriptions, images, and specimens, together with several ways of accessing these descriptions. For each mineral there is a photograph, description, and a list of physical characteristics. This mineral database is searchable by name, mineral class or by keyword. There is also useful background information about mineral properties. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site is devoted to microscopic images of minerals, thin sections of rocks and meteorites, and stereoscopy of minerals. The site is organized into the following categories: meteorites, plutonic rocks, volcanic rocks, carbonates, sedimentary rocks, sedimentary rocks and diatoms. Other links include conoscopic images, an index measurement page containing theoretical information about index of refraction ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This website provides photomicrographs of minerals and rocks in thin section. The images are subdivided into minerals, plutonic microtextures, volcanic microtextures, and metamorphic microtextures. Each photomicrograph is accompanied by sample information, a brief description, rock type and locality, plane polarized and cross polar views, and a link to other examples of the mineral or microtexture. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This module is designed to allow students to learn about igneous rocks at their own speed using images of hand samples and rock outcrops in their natural settings. Topics covered include the common igneous rock types, igneous textures, and intrusive rock bodies. Each topic has instructive text and several images. The site also features a self-quiz with 17 questions about 12 hand sample pictures. This ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Tutorial, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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Rob's Granite Page contains mineral identification in granites, pictures of various granites, general information about granite, and links to studies of granite and other igneous topics. There is extensive information on the Llano Uplift in Texas. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site is the homepage for a petrology class. The primary feature of this site is a comprehensive set of lecture notes. There are 18 separate lectures encompassing igneous and metamorphic petrology and related topics. Lectures include text, figures, maps, and tables, and are available in either HTML format or as PDF files. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Course, Presentation / Demo, Syllabus, Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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These lecture notes provide an introduction to igneous rocks. The notes cover information about characteristics of magmas, plutonic rocks, volcanic rocks, and textures of igneous rocks. There are several illustrations within the text. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Illustration - scientific
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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These lecture notes are part of a series of lectures available on the geology department website at Tulane University. Topics covered include criteria for the classification of igneous rocks, field identification of minerals present in hand sample, thin section examination and chemical analysis. The general chemical classification covers silica content (silica saturation), aluminum saturation, and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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