Earth Science 340: Rock and Mineral Resources Notes

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Topic Notes Power Point Supplemental Notes
Atoms, Ions, and Crystals Composition of the Earth
Geochemical Associations
What Do Atoms Really "Look Like?"
Why Minerals Have Color
Atoms and Bonding
Physical Properties of Minerals Identifying Rocks and Minerals Physical Properties of Minerals
Non-Silicate Mineral Suites
Density and Atomic Arrangements

Crystals and Mineralogy Pauling's Rules
Crystals and Unit Cells
Important Atomic Structures in Minerals
Unusual Coordination
Close-Packing Structures
Crystals and symmetry
Three-Dimensional Symmetry
Important Non-Silicates

Crystal Structures

Rocks and Minerals Under the Microscope Light and Polarization
Features in Thin Section - Plane Polarized Light
Features in Thin Section - Crossed Polarizers
Identification Table for Common Minerals in Thin Section
Distinguishing the Feldspars
Quartz and Its Look-Alikes
Polarized Light
Minerals in Thin Section

Igneous Rocks Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks
Classification of Igneous Rocks
Igneous Phase Diagrams
Radiometric Dating
Igneous Rocks
Evolution of Igneous Rocks
Igneous Rocks and Plate Tectonics
Radiometric Dating
America's Volcanoes
Sedimentary Rocks Weathering and Soils
Sedimentary Rocks
Solubility Constants
Solution of Carbonates
Solution of Carbonates in Pictures
Biochemical Sedimentary Rocks
Clastic Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
Radiometric Dating
Metamorphic Phase Diagrams
Ultra-High Pressure Metamorphism
Measuring T and P in Rocks
Mineral Resources Earth Resources

Clastic Sedimentary Rocks

Biochemical Sedimentary Rocks


Types and Settings of Ore Deposits

Metallic Ores

Non-Metallic Resources

Energy Resources

Environmental Topics

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