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Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks


By: Sam Boggs, Jr.(Author)

600 pages, 167 figs, 53 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 2009 | Edition: 2 | #179578 | ISBN-13: 9780521897167
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This textbook outlines the physical, chemical, and biologic properties of the major sedimentary rocks, as revealed by petrographic microscopy, geochemical techniques, and field study. It covers the mineralogy, chemistry, textures, and sedimentary structures that characterise sedimentary rocks, and relates these features to the depositional origin of the rocks and their subsequent alteration by diagenetic processes during burial. In addition to detailed sections on siliciclastic and carbonate rocks, it also discusses evaporites, cherts, iron-rich sedimentary rocks, phosphorites, and carbonaceous sedimentary rocks such as oil shales. This second edition maintains the comprehensive treatment of sedimentary petrography and petrology provided in the first edition, and has been updated with new concepts and cutting-edge techniques like cathodoluminescence imaging of sedimentary rocks and backscattered electron microscopy. It is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in sedimentary petrology, and is a key reference for researchers and professional petroleum geoscientists.

"[...] well written and logically structured [...] should be an essential purchase for libraries in all higher education institutions offering geology courses, and for researchers and industry professionals with practical interests in sedimentary petrology."

"The book provides a well balanced text in every sense [...] Line drawings and photos are of good quality and the links between the various chapters are well focused [...] I am convinced that this is the best book on sedimentary petrology that is currently available. The book will, beyond doubt, be of great help to students, researchers and professionals alike [...]"


Part I. Principles
1. Origin, classification and occurrence of sedimentary rocks

Part II. Siliciclastic Sedimentary Rocks
2. Sedimentary textures
3. Sedimentary structures
4. Sandstones
5. Conglomerates
6. Mudstones and shales
7. Provenance of siliciclastic sedimentary rocks
8. Diagenesis of sandstones and shales

Part III. Carbonate Sedimentary Rocks
9. Limestones
10. Dolomites
11. Diagenesis of carbonate rocks

Part IV. Other Chemical/Biochemical Sedimentary Rocks and Carbonaceous Sedimentary Rocks
12. Evaporites, cherts, iron-rich sedimentary rocks, and phosphorites
13. Carbonaceous sedimentary rocks


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Sam Boggs, Jr. received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and worked in the petroleum industry for a number of years before joining the University of Oregon, where he taught sedimentology and related subjects for more than 30 years, and where he continues his research in sedimentary petrology as a professor emeritus. He has also worked part-time as a research geologist for the U. S. Geological Survey. Professor Boggs is a member of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Geological Society of America. He is the author of two other books for Cambridge University Press -Backscattered Scanning Electron Microscopy and Image Analysis of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks (1998) and Application of Cathodoluminescence Imaging to the Study of Sedimentary Rocks (2006)], as well as the author of four other books.

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