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Ideas and concepts in sedimentology are changing rapidly but fundamental field work and data collection remain the basis of the science. This book is intended as a guide to the recognition and description of sedimentary rocks in the field. It aims to help the geologist know what to observe and record, and how best to interpret this data. The emphasis is on illustrating the principal types of sedimentary rocks and the book contains over 400 superb colour photographs and drawings. The introductory chapter defines the main types of sedimentary rock and their initial recognition, followed by a section highlighting safety in the field. The author goes on to describe the main field techniques and provides a comprehensive summary of the principal characteristics of sedimentary rocks. There is a chapter on each of the main rock types and on how to interpret faces and their features in terms of depositional environments and economic significance.
Contents Preface Acknowledgements 1 Introduction 2 Field techniques 3 Principal characteristics of sedimentary rocks 4 Conglomerates 5 Sandstones 6 Mudrocks 7 Carbonate rocks 8 Cherts and Siliceous sediments 9 Phosphorites 10 Coal 11 Evaporites 12 Ironstones 13 Soils, palesols and duricrusts 14 Volcaniclastic sediments 15 Interpretation: depositional environment and economic significance. Index
Deserves to be in the Christmas stocking of every earth sciences student in the land - and further afield.....plaudits will undoubtedly accumulate for this book.....the production values are also quite exceptional and the whole design and production team at Mansom deserve our warmest congratulations....tells students everything they need to keep in mind when they are examining and describing sedimentary rocks. The Palaeontological Association Newsletter "An excellent and really beautiful book.......More than a field guide." Journal of Sedimentary Research "As a tool in the field kit this book is excellent for professional geologists, teachers, students and amateur enthusiasts." Sedimentary Geology