Physics of Sedimentology: Textbook and Reference / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $65.67
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 39%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $65.67   
  • New (6) from $79.13   
  • Used (3) from $65.67   


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

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
From the reviews of the second edition:

"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)

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)