Both authors have created this textbook to show students how sedimentary strata serves geologists as a continuous record of Earth's history. The authors' conversational style, and focus on the important concepts make the book highly accessible to an undergraduate audience. Such complex ideas are broken down and made understandable to geology students.
Written for a first course in sedimentary geology or sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy (with only an introductory geology/physical geology course as a prerequisite). Each chapter focuses on general principles, without bringing in too much detail too quickly, allowing students to develop a solid base level of understanding core concepts. An accessible title for those covering two principal fields of sedimentary geology—sedimentary petrology (properties of sedimentary rocks, their classification and nomenclature) and stratigraphy (defines and describes natural bodies of rock).
- Focus on the Big Picture - Each chapter covers general principles without getting bogged down with excessive details.
- Balanced Approach - This book covers two principal fields of sedimentary geology-sedimentary petrology (properties of sedimentary rocks, their classification and nomenclature) and stratigraphy (defines and describes natural bodies of rock). Coverage is deliberately weighted in favor of the varieties of sedimentary rocks such as conglomerate, sandstone, mudrock, limestone, and dolostone
- Updated Coverage - The new edition is revised throughout with the latest research, especially in the areas of petroleum geology and chemostratigraphy
- New Topics - The new edition introduces students to a number of emerging topics, including: glacial sedimentation, the role of meteorite impacts on sedimentation and the long-term secular greenhouse and icehouse states of our evolving planet
PART II: SILICICLASTIC SEDIMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTS; 5. Sandstones and Conglomerates; 6. Mudrocks; 7. Siliciclastic Diagenesis; 8. Terrestrial Sedimentary Environments; 9. Coastal Environments; 10. Clastic Marine and Pelagic Environments
PART III: BIOGENIC, CHEMICAL, AND OTHER NONSILICICLASTIC SEDIMENTARY ROCKS 11. Carbonate Rocks; 12. Carbonate Environments; 13. Other Biogenic Sedimentary Rocks; 14. Chemical and Nonepiclastic Sedimentary Rocks
PART IV: STRATIGRAPHY 15. Lithostratigraphy; 16. Biostratigraphy / Controlling Factors: Evolution and Paleoecology; 17. Geophysical and Chemostratigraphic Correlation; 18. Geochronology and Chronostratigraphy; 19. Sedimentary Rocks in Space and Time
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