608 pages, Col photos, 160 b/w illus, 1063 figs
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.
Beyond its remarkable scholarly range and depth, this sequel to Leeder's popular text Sedimentology is also a lively and informal read. Nature, Vol 405, 11 May 2000
Part I: Introduction: Sedimentology In The Earth Sciences Part II: Origin And Types Of Sediment Grains: Water-Rock Interactions - Chemical And Physical Breakdown Of Catchment Bedrock To Clastic Sediment Grains The Inorganic And Organic Precipitation Of Sediment: Chemical, Biochemical And Biological Part III: Users Guide To Sedimentological Fluid Dynamics: Back To Basics: Fluid Flow In General Flow In The Real World - Laminar And Turbulent Behaviour Sediment Grains In Fluids - Settling, Transport And Feedback Part IV: Sediment Transport And Sedimentary Structures: Bedforms And Structures Formed By Unidirectional Water Flows Over Granular Sediment Bedforms And Structures Formed By Atmospheric Flows Oscillatory Water Waves, Combined Flows And Tides: Their Bedforms And Structures Bedforms And Cohesive Sediment Transport And Erosion Sediment Gravity Flows And Their Deposits Liquification Liquification Structures And Other 'Soft' Sediment Deformation Structures Part V: External Controls On Sediment Derivation, Transport And Deposition: Climate And Sedimentary Processes Changing Sea Level And Sedimentary Sequences Tectonics, Denudation Rates And Sediment Yields Part VI: Sediment Deposition, Environments And Facies In Continental Environments: Aeolian Sediments In Low-Latitude Deserts Rivers Alluvial Fans And Fan Deltas Lakes Ice Part VII: Sediment Deposition, Environments And Facies In Marine Environments: Estuaries Deltas 'Linear' Clastic Shorelines Carbonate-Evaporite Shorelines, Shelves And Basins Shelves; Oceanic Processes And Sediments Part VIII: Sedimentology In Sedimentary Basins: Tectonic Subsidence And Deposition Sedimentology In Sedimentary Basins
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Mike Leeder is Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. A geologist by training, at the University of Durham, he has researched and taught sedimentology since 1969, beginning as a graduate student at the Sedimentological Research Laboratory, University of Reading under the legendary Perce Allen and as faculty member at the Universities of Leeds and East Anglia. He is particularly interested in sedimentological fluid dynamics, basin analysis and the links between sedimentary processes and climate change.