310 pages, 41 halftones
This book recognises groundwater flow as a fundamental geologic agent, and presents a wide-ranging and illustrated overview of its history, principles, scientific consequences and practical utilization.
The author, one of the founding fathers of modern hydrogeology, highlights key interrelationships between seemingly disparate processes and systems by tracing them to a common root cause - gravity-driven groundwater flow. Numerous examples demonstrate practical applications in a diverse range of subjects, including land-use planning, environment protection, wetland ecology, agriculture, forestry, geotechnical engineering, nuclear-waste disposal, mineral and petroleum exploration, and geothermal heat flow.
The book contains numerous user-friendly features for a multidisciplinary readership, including full explanations of the relevant mathematics, emphasis on the physical meaning of the equations, and an extensive glossary. It is a key reference for researchers, consultants and advanced students of hydrogeology and reservoir engineering.
'Gravitational Systems of Groundwater Flow is a truly unique and career-defining contribution to the hydrologic sciences, well suited for teaching and reference. ... All I can say ... is 'well done, Professor Toth, well done!" Geofluids 'Anyone interested in improving their understanding and appreciation of groundwater-flow systems ... will enjoy reading and being inspired by Toth's latest work.' Hydrogeology Journal 'Gravitational Systems of Groundwater Flow is thoroughly supported with citations to the relevant literature, both historical and current. Generously illustrated with clear diagrams and adequate photos, it includes an extensive bibliography.' Ground Water 'There are many books that explain the equations governing groundwater flow, but I am aware of no others that focus primarily on concepts related to regional-scale gravitational groundwater flow and do so from a truly geologic perspective; emphasis is inherently placed on the commonly overseen, yet critical, connection between shallow and deep flow systems. It is this unique aspect of the book that lends it considerable value as a hydrogeologic reference for a broad range of earth scientists.' Economic Geology
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