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Sedimentology and Sedimentary Basins. From Turbulence to Tectonics. 2nd Edition
John Wiley and Sons Ltd, January 2011, Pages: 784
The sedimentary record on Earth stretches back more than 4.3 billion years and is present in more abbreviated forms on companion planets of the Solar System, like Mars and Venus, and doubtless elsewhere. Reading such planetary archives correctly requires intimate knowledge of modern sedimentary processes acting within the framework provided by tectonics, climate and sea or lake level variations. The subject of sedimentology thus encompasses the origins, transport and deposition of mineral sediment on planetary surfaces.
The author addresses the principles of the subject from the viewpoint of modern processes, emphasising a general science narrative approach in the main text, with quantitative background derived in enabling ‘cookie’ appendices. The book ends with an innovative chapter dealing with how sedimentology is currently informing a variety of cognate disciplines, from the timing and extent tectonic uplift to variations in palaeoclimate. Each chapter concludes with a detailed guide to key further reading leading to a large bibliography of over 2500 entries. The book is designed to reach an audience of senior undergraduate and graduate students and interested academic and industry professionals.
Part 1 Making Sediment.
Chapter 1 Clastic sediment as chemical and physical breakdown products.
Chapter 2 Carbonate, siliceous, iron-rich and evaporite sediments.
Chapter 3 Sediment grain properties.
Part 2 Moving fluid.
Chapter 4 Fluid basics.
Chapter 5 Types of Fluid Motion.
Part 3 Transporting sediment.
Chapter 6 Sediment in fluid and fluid flow – general.
Chapter 7 Bedforms and sedimentary structures in flows and under waves.
Chapter 8 Sediment gravity flows and their deposits.
Chapter 9 Liquefaction, fluidisation and sliding sediment deformation.
Part 4 Major external controls on sedimentation and sedimentary environments.
Chapter 10 Major External Controls on Sedimentation.
Part 5 Continental Sedimentary Environments.
Chapter 11 Rivers.
Chapter 12 Subaerial fans: alluvial and colluvial.
Chapter 13Aeolian sediments in low-latitude deserts.
Chapter 14 Lakes.
Chapter 15 Ice.
Part 6 Marine Sedimentary Environments.
Chapter 16 Estuaries.
Chapter 17 River and fan deltas.
Chapter 18 Linear clastic shorelines.
Chapter 19 Shelves.
Chapter 20 Calcium carbonate-evaporite shorelines, shelves and basins.
Chapter 21 Deep ocean.
Part 7 Sedimentary Architecture of Sedimentary basins.
Chapter 22 Sediment in sedimentary basins: a user's guide.
Part 8 Topics: Sediment solutions to interdisciplinary problems.
Chapter 23 Sediments solve wider interdisciplinary problems.
“For them, I cannot recommend it too highly, this being a lifetime of scholarly endeavour encapsulated in one volume. It will, I am sure, be a standard reference for years to come.” (Geology Today, 1 May 2011)
"The book is designed to reach an audience of senior undergraduate and graduate students and interested academic and industry professionals." (Solid Waste & Recycling, 8 March 2011)