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Common Rocks, Minerals and Ores

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  • Format: Online Course Tool Tip
  • Application: Exploration - Geology - Reserves Tool Tip
  • Audience Level: New to Mining Tool Tip
  • Certification: Not Available Tool Tip
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  • Enrollment: Required Tool Tip
  • Version: January 17, 2011 Tool Tip
  • Duration: 1 hours Tool Tip
  • Completion: 20 days Tool Tip
  • CEUs: 0 (0 PDHs) Tool Tip
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Common Rocks, Minerals and Ores is a short (non-certification) course and reference for beginners in geology and mineral exploration and for others who require the basic principles of rock and mineral identification.

Course Summary

Introduction

This course was enhanced (November 2010) with the addition of Part 3 - Strategic and Industrial Ore Minerals, extensively illustrated with images of ore specimens.

Common Rocks, Minerals and Ores is a short (non-certification) course and reference for beginners in geology and mineral exploration and for others who require the basics of rock and mineral identification. It provides participants with a means of practicing identification and classification of common rocks and minerals in the field. The course is enhanced by integration with the Dictionary of Mining, Mineral and Related Terms.

Content

The course consists of 12 sessions and two short reviews (quizzes) covering Rock-Forming Minerals, Ores of Metals, Useful Minerals, Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks and a large section on Strategic and Industrial Ore Minerals, extensively illustrated with images of samples. Each mineral or rock is represented by an image, distinguishing features and a dictionary description.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify common rocks and minerals in the field.
  • Identify the ores of strategic and industrial minerals.

Course Requirements

  • An appreciation of basic geologic principles.

Dr. Glenn B. Stracher

Dr. Glenn B. Stracher is Professor of Geology and Physics at East Georgia State College, University System of Georgia, Swainsboro, Georgia, USA. After receiving his M.S. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geology and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Nebraska, he served as a Lady Davis Scholar at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Stracher is the former chair of the Geological Society of America’s Coal Geology Division and served on the society’s External Awards Committee. He is the co-author of three chemical thermodynamics books, published in English and Japanese and taught graduate level courses in this subject at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In 2010, he was named a University System of Georgia “Shining Star,” by the state’s Board of Regents, for excellence in research and teaching.

Trained as a structural geologist, mineralogist, and metamorphic petrologist, the main focus of his research since 1995; and for which he is internationally known, is coal fires burning around the world. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed publications about coal fires, he has convened coal-fires symposia with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America (GSA), and led four GSA National coal-fires field trips. Dr. Stracher is the editor of the Geological Society of America book, Geology of Coal Fires: Case Studies from Around the World. He also edited the International Journal of Coal Geology special publication, Coal Fires Burning Around the World: A Global Catastrophe.

His latest project is a four-volume book published by Elsevier and entitled Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective

Dr. Stracher appears in two National Geographic Channel (NGC) movies about coal-fires: Wild Fires, part of a seven part NGC series entitled Built for Destruction, and the more recent movie, Underground Inferno, that has won several international film-festival awards.

Details about his research projects, teaching, publications, and education are available here.