GE225, Mineralogy, Spring, 2012

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Mineralogy resources on the web

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Course Description

Minerals are the fundamental building blocks of the Earth. A basic understanding of mineral chemistry, mineral occurrence, and mineral identification is a fundamental skill required by all Earth Science disciplines. In this course you will: (1) acquire a basic knowledge of crystal chemistry and crystallography; (2) learn the fundamentals of transmitted polarizing light microscopy; (3) learn the compositions of rock-forming and important accessory minerals, how they form, where they are found, and why they are important; and (4) learn how to identify these minerals in rocks.


Dr. W. A. Sullivan
Office: Mudd 206

Office hours: Monday 12–1*, Tuesday 2–5, and Friday 12–12:45; *Except Feb. 20 and March 26
Office phone: 859-5803

Syllabus [PDF]

Term project

Project description [PDF]

Annotated bibliography [PDF]

Mineralogy resources on the web [Highly recommended] Everything from mineral structures to overviews of physical and optical properties

Smith petrography database: Almost as useful as your textbook with much better pictures to aid in I.D.

UCLA Minerals in thin section

Igneous rocks in thin section

Rock-forming minerals in thin section

University of North Dakota optical mineralogy site

Royal Ontario Museum polarized light microscopy laboratory

Lecture materials

Crystallography and crystal symmetry [PPT]

Crystal chemistry [PPT]

Optical mineralogy [PPT]

Introduction to silicate minerals [PPT]

SiO2 polymorphs [PPT]

Feldspars [PPT]

Olivine and pyroxenes [PPT]

Carbonates, sulfates, and halides [PPT]

Amphiboles [PPT]

Sheet silicates [PPT]

Metamorphic index minerals [PPT]

Expectations for presentations [PPT]

Other silicate minerals [PPT]