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This collection features examples of using visualization in teaching and includes concept maps, microscope videos, and animations of crystal structures. The concept maps are used to show how information can be linked. The scope videos are used to show how optical properties change as a function of orientation. These videos show minerals in plane polarized light, cross polarized light, and conoscopic ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Video, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This website describes the animations and software Crystal Movies, XtalDraw, and XPow. Crystal Movies are gif animations that illustrate the evolution of crystal structures as functions of pressure, temperature, chemistry, or orientation. XtalDraw is an interactive Windows-based software that draws ball and stick, polyhedral, and thermal ellipsoid representations of crystal and molecular structures. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Software
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This resource is a webpage that accompanies a course on asbestos in building materials. Topics include an introduction to the polarized light microscope, mineral habit, the refractive index, color and pleochroism, polarized light, birefringence, retardation and interference colors, extinction angles, and visual estimation of mineral percentages. The website features instructive photographs of thin ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Photograph, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This resource is an outline of a course on optical mineralogy. Topics include Properties of Light, Refractometry, Isotropic Materials, Anisotropic Minerals, Optical Properties, Uniaxial Minerals, and Biaxial Minerals. This website features tables with the optical properties of many minerals, along with thin section photographs and lecture notes. The website would be useful for students of mineralogy ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Course, Syllabus
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This resource is a 43 page pdf document on the principals of optical mineralogy. Topics include light, the polarizing light microscope, the refractive index, optical classes and indicatrix theory, the relationship of optical properties to crystal chemistry, and advanced methods in optical mineralogy. The website features both text and figures. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This website contains an introduction to the principles of optical mineralogy. Topics include the petrographic microscope, light, thin sections, and basic theoretical concepts. The website features text illustrated with ample photographs, drawings, diagrams and movies. The site also contains self-tests using photomicrographs. This resource is a useful tutorial for an introduction or a review of optical ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Tutorial, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This resource is a table for the identification of minerals with a petrographic microscope. The table lists minerals and their properties, including color in thin section, refractive index, extinction and extinction angle, interference figure, birefringence, twinning and other notes. The table is available in html for web viewing and RTF for printing. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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The website features a wealth of interesting and educational sites covering many aspects of mineralogy. Topics listed include mineralogy and crystallography resource pages, mineralogy organizations, journals, databases, images, museum and educational sites, and software. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Clearinghouse
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This website provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the basics of optical mineralogy. Topics include the polarized light microscope, mineral shape and cleavage, relief, color and pleochroism, interference colors, extinction angles, twinning, opacity, vibration directions and mineral identification. The site features short, clear descriptions accompanied by photographs and drawings. This website ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Tutorial, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This is a chapter on spectroscopy from The Manual of Remote Sensing, Volume 3, Remote Sensing for the Earth Sciences. Topics in the chapter include an overview of spectroscopy, the reflection and absorption process, causes of absorption, spectra of miscellaneous minerals and materials, the sensitivity of absorption bands to crystal structure and chemistry and the scattering process. The chapter also ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, Book - text
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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