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Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Colour Guide

Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Colour Guide [Kindle Edition]

Dorrik A. V. Stow
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A much needed addition to the literature of sedimentology…the photographic images are impeccable…contains a grain size comparator chart at the front and a sediment description checklist at the back…as a tool in the field kit this book is excellent for professional geologists, teachers, students and amateur enthusiasts.
Sedimentary Geology

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 Mansons 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

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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 photos 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 facies and their features in terms of depositional environments and economic significance.

This book is of value to students, amateur enthusiasts and professional geologists.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
This book is one of the best introductions to sedimentary rocks and their structures that I have come across in 25 years.

It begins with a section on the structures found in sedimentary rocks. The diagrams are clear, concise, and very well explained. The photographs that go with them are among the best I've seen for demonstrating sed structures. They are almost professional in their quality, and the features you are meant to see are actually visible in the photos (no 'eye of faith' required, unlike some other textbooks).

The rest of the book is divided into chapters dealing with each group of sedimentary rocks in turn. Ironstones, conglomerates, evaporites, limestones: you name it, it's in there. Again, the diagrams and photographs are faultless.

Finally, the book finishes with a section on how to interpret sedimentary structures in the field.

If only this book had been available when I was an undergraduate! I would thoroughly recommend this book to any undergraduate (or even post-graduate) geology student as the first thing to pack in their bag before setting off on field work.

As a final thought for geology students, the University of Southampton (where Dr. Stow works) has a superb website on the geology of the south coast of England. If you like the book, you'll love the website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it without hesitation! 26 Dec 2011
I can't praise this book too highly. It is an excellent introduction to the subject, with clear diagrams and an innovative approach. It would be difficult to fault the quality and scope of the illustrations, and the text is clear and engaging. The book itself is sturdy and a handy size. The author and publisher are to be warmly congratulated: it is suitable for students, professionals and amateurs alike. Buy it without hesitation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sedimentary rocks 7 Nov 2010
This is a thoroughly modern text on this subject. It is beautifully illustrated and gives a clear guide on how to examine sedimentary rocks in the field.
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