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Teaching Mineralogy with Crystal Structure Databases and Visualization Software
This resource collection provides information on how to incorporate crystal structure databases and 3-D visualization software into undergraduate mineralogy courses. Features include background information for teachers on how to teach with data, models, and visualizations; commentary on the benefits of physical versus virtual models; and a set of links to online crystal structure databases. There are also links to visualization software, tutorials, and example exercises and activities.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Educational
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Some resources require visualization software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 Science Education Resource Center. We encourage the reuse and dissemination of the material on this site for educational, noncommercial purposes as long as attribution is retained.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-986
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Integrating Research and Education'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Cathryn Manduca
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Carleton College

Author: Kent Ratajeski
Geoscience Education Web Development Team
Montana State University