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Introduction to Petrology

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Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University

Juhong Christie Liu, James Madison University

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: VIVA

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Module 1: Overview
    • 1.1 What is Petrology?
    • 1.2 How is This Book Organized?
    • 1.3 Why is Petrology Useful?
  • Module 2: Using the Petrographic Microscope
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Thin Sections
    • 2.3 Light and Optics Part 1: Electromagnetic Spectrum, Properties of Light
    • 2.3 Light and Optics Part 2: Refractive Index, Polarized Light, Birefringence
    • 2.4 Parts of the Petrographic Microscope
    • 2.5 Common Issues Using a Petrographic Microscope
    • 2.6 Properties Under Plane Polarized Light
    • 2.7 Properties Under Cross Polarized Light
    • 2.8 Interference Figures: Part 1
    • 2.8 Interference Figures: Part 2
    • 2.9 Atlas of Minerals in Thin Section
    • 2.10 Synthesis Exercises
  • Bushveld Igneous Complex
  • Southwestern Virginia Case Study

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  • About the Book

    Learn about igneous and metamorphic rocks (and how to analyze them), the fun way! Students learn concepts and practice knowledge by conducting inquiries guided with examples based on videos and interactive diagrams.

    About the Contributors


    Elizabeth A. Johnson, Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University. Role: writer and science expert. I also take pictures, create graphics, and record and edit videos.

    Juhong Christie Liu, Associate Professor, James Madison University Libraries. Role: instructional design, evaluation, and guidance on media development, writer, project management, problem-solving with applied research.