Physics of Sedimentology: Textbook and Reference / Edition 2

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Overview

This textbook explains sedimentological processes via the fundamental physics that underlies the actual mechanisms involved.

Demonstrates the applicability of fundamental principles, such as Newton's Three Laws of Motion, the Law of Conservation of Energy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and of other physical relations in hydraulics and groundwater hydrology by discussions of natural processes which form sediments and sedimentary rocks.

In this second edition several chapters have been updated and amended to reflect progress in the field

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"The book is providing … geologists in general, with a topical review of classical geological themes together with their physical background … . gives a more profound understanding of the boundary conditions of the validity of commonly used approaches in geology. … students, researchers and professional geologists … benefit from better understanding the underlying physics. This book gives them an excellent opportunity to start this understanding. … an excellent opportunity for bridging the gap between the pure physics and its application to geology." (Noël Vandenberghe, Geologica Belgica, Vol. 8(1-2), 2005)

"The theme of the book is providing sedimentologists, and in fact geologists in general, with a topical review of classical geological themes … . it is beyond doubt that students, researchers and professional geologists using geological concepts will benefit from better understanding the underlying physics. … The book is well written in an almost narrative style with a lot of personal flavor … . the book could be an excellent opportunity for bridging the gap between the pure physics and its application to geology." (Noël Vandenberghe, Geologica Belgica, Vol. 8 (1-2), 2005)

"This second edition of Hsü’s famous book has long been waited for. … all chapters end with a section on ‘Suggested Reading’, which is most helpful. … the 11 chapters dealing with physical processes are of high quality from a didactic point of view. … The figures in the book are, as a rule, clear and didactically of high quality. … for many sedimentologists the book will be very useful, indeed. … For students the book will certainly be useful … ." (A.J. (Tom) van Loon, Journal of Sedimentary Research, January, 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540206200
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 5/27/2004
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Sorting out and mixing 11
3 Grains settle 25
4 Sediments are moved 47
5 Rocks fall 65
6 Suspensions flow 89
7 Sand waves migrate 103
8 Oceans are ventilated 123
9 Groundwater circulates 137
10 Components equilibrate 151
11 Evaporation pumps 167
12 Isotopes fractionate 179
13 Basins subside 191
14 Why creativity in geology 201
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