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This is a completely revised edition of Applied Sedimentology, first published in 1988. Like its precursor, it describes sediments from sand grains to sedimentary basins. Part 1, Rock to Sediment, introduces the concept of the sedimentary cycle, describes weathering and soil formation, and details the fundamental physical properties of a sediment: texture, porosity, and permeability. Part 2, Sediment Sedimented, begins by describing the transportation and deposition of sediment and the resultant sedimentary structures. It ends with a description of the various depositional systems, sequence stratigraphy, and cyclicity. Part 3, Sediment to Rock, opens by describing how pressure, temperature, and fluid processes control petroleum and ore formation. It continues with accounts of the evolution of porosity and permeability in carbonates and sandstones. The last chapter describes the different types of sedimentary basins, their origins, depositional fill, and the evolution of their fluids. The book emphasizes the applications of sedimentology to the exploration for and exploitation of natural resources, including water, ores, and hydrocarbons. Applied Sedimentology is written principally for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students of earth science and engineering. It may also, however, prove useful to more mature readers who explore and exploit the sedimentary rocks for fossil fuels and mineral deposits.

Richard Selley has spent most of his career at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London University, where he is Professor of Applied Sedimentology. Between 1969-75, however, he worked for oil companies in Libya,Greenland and the North Sea. The author has been awarded the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and has been awarded a Certificate of Merit and a Survivor Certificate by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Audience: Senior undergraduate and graduate geology students in sedimentology, petroleum geology, petroleum engineering, mining geology, hydrogeology, mineral exploration, and environmental geology; oil company geologists and reservoir engineers and mining companies.

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Editorial Reviews

...this book would make an important addition to the library of any geologist...will have considerable value for undergraduate and graduate students in the earth important contribution.
Journal of Sedimentary Research
...a clearly, crisply and tightly written book with a pleasing style...a nice succinct overview of the diverse field of sedimentology...a good read
Selley (applied sedimentology, U. of London) writes primarily for graduate or senior undergraduate students of geology or engineering, but suggests that his work would also be useful to professionals who explore and exploit sedimentary rocks for fossil fuels and mineral deposits. His goal is to present the basic processes before students and geologists weigh in on the latest theoretical debate and fire up the last computer program for modeling a basin, so they can tell the different between granite and arkose and understand the formation of cross-bedding. The first edition was published in 1988, but that in turn was effectively the third edition of , first published in 1976. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126363753
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 523
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Selley is Professor of Applied Sedimentology in the Department of Geology, Imperial College, University of London. He has been involved in petroleum exploration across the globe and has published 5 text books and many papers on sedimentology and its application to petroleum exploration and production. Richard Selley has been awarded the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society, has been a Distinguished Lecturerof the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Introduction
1.1 Introduction and Historical Review 1
1.2 Sedimentology and the Earth Sciences 3
1.3 Applied Sedimentology 5
1.3.1 Petroleum 8
1.3.2 Sedimentary Ores: General Aspects 10
Selected Bibliography 16
References 16
Part I Rock to Sediment
2 Weathering and the Sedimentary Cycle
2.1 Introduction 21
2.2 The Sedimentary Cycle 22
2.3 Weathering 25
2.3.1 Biological Weathering and Soil Formation 25
2.3.2 Physical Weathering 29
2.3.3 Chemical Weathering 30
2.3.4 Economic Significance and Conclusion 34
Selected Bibliography 38
References 38
3 Particles, Pores, and Permeability
3.1 Physical Properties of Particles 41
3.1.1 Surface Texture of Particles 41
3.1.2 Particle Shape, Sphericity, and Roundness 42
3.1.3 Particle Size 44
3.2 Porosity and Permeability 56
3.2.1 Introduction 56
3.2.2 Pore Morphology 65
3.2.3 The Origin of Primary Porosity 72
Selected Bibliography 82
References 82
Part II Sediment Sedimented
4 Transportation and Sedimentation
4.1 Introduction 89
4.2 Aqueous Processes 94
4.2.1 Sedimentation from Traction Currents 94
4.2.2 Sedimentation from High-Density Turbidity Currents 101
4.2.3 Sedimentation from Low-Density Turbidity Currents 106
4.3 Eolian Processes 108
4.3.1 Eolian Sedimentation from Traction Carpets 109
4.3.2 Eolian Sedimentation from Suspension 113
4.4 Glacial Processes 113
4.5 Gravitational Processes 118
4.5.1 Debris Flow 121
4.5.2 Grain Flows 123
4.5.3 Fluidized Flows 123
Selected Bibliography 124
References 125
5 Sedimentary Structures
5.1 Introduction 130
5.2 Biogenic Sedimentary Structures 133
5.3 Primary Inorganic Sedimentary Structures 136
5.3.1 Introduction 136
5.3.2 Predepositional (Interbed) Structures 138
5.3.3 Syndepositional (Intrabed) Structures 142
5.3.4 Postdepositional Sedimentary Structures 157
5.3.5 Miscellaneous Structures 162
5.4 Paleocurrent Analysis 168
5.4.1 Collection of Paleocurrent Data 168
5.4.2 Presentation of Paleocurrent Data 169
5.4.3 Interpretation of Paleocurrent Data 171
Selected Bibliography 174
References 175
6 Depositional Systems
6.1 Sedimentary Environments 181
6.1.1 Environments Defined 181
6.1.2 Environments of Erosion, Equilibrium, and Deposition 182
6.1.3 Environments Classified 184
6.2 Sedimentary Facies 187
6.3 Sedimentary Models 189
6.3.1 The Model Concept 189
6.3.2 Some Models Described 190
6.4 Sedimentary Models, Increments, and Cycles 277
6.4.1 Walther's Law 279
6.4.2 Genetic Increments and Sequences of Sedimentation 280
6.4.3 Sequence Stratigraphy 281
6.4.4 Cyclostratigraphy 286
Selected Bibliography 290
References 290
Part III Sediment to Rock
7 The Subsurface Environment
7.1 Subsurface Temperatures 309
7.2 Subsurface Pressures 312
7.3 Subsurface Fluids 315
7.3.1 Nonhydrocarbon Gases 315
7.3.2 Petroleum Fluids 316
7.3.3 Subsurface Waters 318
7.4 Fluid Flow in Sedimentary Basins 323
7.4.1 Meteoric Flow 323
7.4.2 Compactional Flow 324
7.4.3 Convective Flow 325
Selected Bibliography 326
References 326
8 Allochthonous Sediments
8.1 Introduction: The Classification of Sedimentary Rocks 329
8.2 Allochthonous Sediments Classified 330
8.3 Mudrocks 332
8.3.1 Sapropelites, Oil Shales, and Oil Source Rocks 333
8.3.2 Orthoclaystones and Clay Minerals 335
8.4 Pyroclastic Sediments 344
8.5 Sandstones 345
8.5.1 Nomenclature and Classification of Sandstones 345
8.5.2 Sandstones Described 352
8.5.3 Diagenesis and Porosity Evolution of Sandstones 356
8.6 Rudaceous Rocks 377
8.6.1 Conglomerates 380
8.6.2 Sedimentary Breccias 383
Selected Bibliography 387
References 387
9 Autochthonous Sediments
9.1 Introduction 394
9.2 Carbonates 395
9.2.1 Introduction 395
9.2.2 Carbonate Minerals 396
9.2.3 Physical Components of Carbonate Rocks 397
9.2.4 Nomenclature and Classification 404
9.2.5 Diagenesis and Porosity Evolution of Limestones 406
9.2.6 Dolomite 420
9.2.7 Diagenesis and Porosity Evolution of Carbonates: Summary 423
9.3 Coal 427
9.3.1 Introduction 427
9.3.2 Coal Petrography 427
9.3.3 Environments of Coal Deposition 430
9.4 Sedimentary Iron Ores 432
9.4.1 Oolitic Iron Ores 433
9.4.2. Pre-Cambrian Banded Ironstone Formations 434
9.5 Phosphates 436
9.5.1 Mode of Occurrence of Phosphates 436
9.5.2 Mode of Formation of Phosphates 439
9.6 Evaporites 439
9.6.1 Introduction 439
9.6.2 Gross Geologic Characteristics 441
9.6.3 Carbonate-Anhydrite Cycles 446
9.6.4 Halite-Potash Evaporite Successions 453
9.6.5 Economic Significance of Evaporites 455
9.7 Cherts 457
Selected Bibliography 459
References 459
10 Sedimentary Basins
10.1 Introduction 467
10.1.1 Sediment Supply and Accommodation Space 467
10.1.2 Basic Concepts and Terminology 468
10.1.3 Basin-Forming Mechanisms 472
10.2 Sedimentary Basins Classified and Described 475
10.2.1 Classification of Sedimentary Basins 475
10.2.2 Crustal Sag Basins 476
10.2.3 Basins Caused by Plate Convergence 486
10.2.4 Basins Caused by Plate Divergence 491
10.3 Basin Evolution, Metallogeny, and the Petroleum System 496
Selected Bibliography 507
References 507
Subject Index 513
About the Author 523
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