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Igneous Rocks of the Continental Lithosphere
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Igneous Rocks
This site provides an explanation of igneous rocks and their formation, classification, and identification. Classification systems can be based on color and texture, mineral composition, or the suite the rock belongs to. The web site covers types of magma, Bowen's reaction series, igneous rock evolution and phase diagrams. There is also a self-test on identification of common igneous minerals. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petr
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Granitoid Rocks
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Geochemistry of Igneous Rocks
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General Classification of Igneous Rocks
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Picking up, examining and collecting rocks can be the first steps in moving children toward an appreciation of geology and the “bones” of the Earth. Children can find a wide variety of rocks in many places, from the school yard to parks and driveways at home. Even very young children enjoy picking up rocks, lining them up, choosing “favorite” ones, pouring water over them to make them shiny and even painting them as gifts for adults. By letting children handle and observe rocks you give
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In this activity students study some applications of knowing the density of rocks. One set of applications involves the stress, strength, and factor of safety for a rock roof resting on one or more columns in an underground room. A second set of applications involves the normal and shear stresses, cohesion force, and inclination angle for a slab of rock resting on an inclined surface. Students recreate spreadsheets shown in a Powerpoint module with formulas that answer various pieces of an overa
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This 18-slide PowerPoint presentation describes metamorphism of calcareous rocks in terms of basic composition, SiO2, MgO, CaO ternary diagrams, and isobaric T-XCO2 and T-XH2O diagrams. The chapter also presents CMS-H diagrams and isobaric T-X diagrams to describe ultramafic rocks. This resource is ...
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Metamorphic Facies and Metamorphosed Mafic Rocks
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Metamorphic Rocks for Undergraduate Courses
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What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This unit looks at how we can study ecosystems to explore the effect that humans are having on the environment.
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1 People right from the start
Here you will find out some of the things very young babies can do. You will also discover how babies can contribute to family life and relationships from birth. You will look at what they need from other adults and children, and what they can learn.
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1.2 Hints before you start
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially statistical software packages, extremely daunting. This unit takes a step-by-step approach to statistics software through seven interactive activities. No statistics software is needed.
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1.2 Hints before you start

Each section of this unit requires you to follow a series of instructions such as:

“Press the Enter button”

“Place your mouse over the radio buttons …”

Each activity should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Here is a summary of the activities in this unit:

Activity 1: How to start SPSS

This is recommended if you have not had any experience with SPSS and are fairly new to computers.

Activity 2: Using the
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2 Britain's oldest rocks: remnants of Archaean crust
Some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The sight of mighty Ben Nevis, the desolate plateau of the Cairngorms, or the imposing landscapes of Glen Coe can unleash the call of the wild in all of us. Although these landforms were largely carved by glacial activity that ended some 10,000 years ago, the rocks themselves tell of a much older history. The Highlands are merely eroded stumps of a much higher range of ancient mountains. This unit is an account o
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I typed some word into PowerPoint (Yes! PowerPoint!) on separate slides and exported them as JPEGs. I dragged them and a few of my photos into Windows Movie Maker (Yes!). Added some music and some transitions. Save in WMV format and uploaded to YouTube. Less than 15 minutes. Now if I [...]
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