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Explains sedimentological processes via the fundamental physics that underlies the actual mechanisms involved. 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 is illustrated by discussions of natural processes which form sediments and sedimentary rocks.
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." (Noel 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." (Noel Vandenberghe, Geologica Belgica, Vol. 8 (1-2), 2005) "This second edition of Hsu'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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