Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Color Guide / Edition 1

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Ideas and concepts in sedimentology are changing rapidly, but field work and data collection remain the basis of the science. This book is intended as a guide to the recognition and description of sedimentary rocks in the field. It aims to help students and professional geologists know what to observe and record, and how best to interpret this data. The emphasis is on illustrating the principal types of sedimentary rocks, which is accomplished through more than 450 color photos and explanatory drawings. The introductory chapter defines the main types of sedimentary rocks, their classification, and their economic significance. The author then goes on to describe standard field techniques and provides a comprehensive summary of the principal characteristics of sedimentary rocks. Additional chapters cover each of the main rock types and describe how to interpret rocks and their features in terms of depositional environments.

This book is an ideal field companion for undergraduate and graduate students of geology, environmental sciences, hydrogeology, oceanography, and more. Professionals in petroleum geology and resource management, as well as budding geologists, will also find this to be an indispensable reference.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The book contains 50 line drawings and 425 superb color photographs...definitely a book to have and use."
E. Maddocks for "Open University Geological Society Journal"

"This is more than a field guide, as it offers an introduction to basics in sedimentology as well...I can highly recommend this book!"
T. Aigner for Journal of Sedimentary Research

"There is no other sedimentological guide that combines such high-quality photos with such informative captions and text."
N. Woodcock for Geological Magazine

"As a tool in the field kit, this book is excellent for professional geologists, teachers, students and amateur enthusiasts."
B. Sellwood for Sedimentary Geology

"This book is recommended for Academic Libraries that support geology programs, especially those with programs that include field work."
-Linda Zellmer, Head, Geology Library, Indiana University for E-STREAMS, Jan 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123694515
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/13/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,323,284
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Overview
2 Field Techniques
3 Principal Characteristics of Sedimentary Rocks
4 Conglomerates
5 Sandstones
6 Mudrocks
7 Carbonate Rocks
8 Cherts and Siliceous Sediments
9 Phosphorites
10 Coal and Oil
11 Evaporites
12 Ironstones
13 Soils, Paleosols, and Duricrusts
14 Volvaniclastic Sediments
15 Interpretations and Depositional Environments
References and Key Texts
Metric-Imperial Conversions
– Stratigraphic Timescale
– Mapping Symbols
– Grain-Size Comparator Chart
– Sediment Description Checklist
– Wulff Stereonet
– Lambert Equal-Area Projection

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