Rocks and Minerals
Geology 201
Department of Earth and Environment


Mount Holyoke College (home page)

Catalog Description:

This course is designed to help students recognize common minerals and their properties and occurrences, and the principal rock types and their origins, associations, and tectonic significance.  Mineral characteristics and identification are covered mainly in the context of the common rocks in which they occur.  Observational skills and hand sample identification will be emphasized on several field trips.

Mr. Dunn         Prereq. high-school earth science, or any 100 level geology course; 2 meetings (75 minutes), 1 lab (3 hours); 4 credits.

Steve Dunn                                                                                        
309 Clapp
Mount Holyoke College
Office hours: Monday 10:00-1:00 or by appointment


Rocks and minerals are beautiful, interesting, and even inspirational.  They are also essential for maintaining the comforts and conveniences of our technological world.  Familiarity with the materials that comprise the earth’s surface (rocks and minerals) is advantageous for those in the earth sciences and anyone interested in nature and the environment.  My goal for this course is to help you learn to recognize the common rock-forming minerals and principal rock types, and to understand their origins, associations, and significance, and to encourage an appreciation of the mineralogical and petrological sciences.  Rock on!


ALTA READINGS AND SPREADSHEETS:  An Introduction to Stable Isotope Geochemistry with Application to Metamorphic Rocks.

Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Metamorphic Rocks  Three part handout with problems.

Alta Data Raw  Dataset

Alta Data Complete   Dataset with worked solutions

Bowman One-Dimension Flow Model

B&B Advective-Diffusive Transport



Rocks and Minerals Spring 2004 Fieldtrip to Loudville, MA (Easthampton).