on 12 February 2009
Apsoultly brilliant book for sedimentolgists, packed full of seperate depositional environemts and facies analysis. This book affers a wealth of knowledege from evaporitic structures to deep sea pelagic deposition.
Reading has created a brilliant source book for undergraduates, postgraduates and others which can be used to study the primary stratigraphic principles to the understanding how different depositional settings lead to seperate geological features. The book lists all the main environments giving detailed analysis of the features involved.
This book is essential reading from the beginnings of sedimentology to industry geology, where even as a resource this book is an essential.
on 1 November 2015
If these modern writers removed the first pages of philosophy attacking preceding research and trying to explain other people's work well done they would reduce the size of their 'script and the book would be realistic. This book starts with a 1970s pretence that biology has something to do with formation of rock, very common error, best they make less fuss. The book tends to start at sediment controls, all the 1960s and preceding work does contain diagenesis contrary to the wrong statement made by the author and we had completed sedimentology by 1967 and moved on with research 1968 1969 to date. You do not need biology and all sediment formations are physical even if lumps of plants appear so that part of the book is about modern river silt congestion by biology, that I understand. Geologically debris slides and the wreck of sediment sequence by tectonics is very well known between 1907 Geikie and 1967 Kidson Taylor Lewin UCW Geology petroleum geology and the latter have made great progress since then with seismic and geophysics and more accumulated data and better Tectonic theory. So this is a useful collection, it is not a theory book, it just copies other people's preceding good work, so use it as a source reference with some case studies, which most books should be, theory had ended by 1967 in physical systems and some of it was rotten and some very good. You had better read a petroleum geology review, localized but nice and at least less theory and more practice, but expensive and sometimes security limited in publishing until recent days. Who wants to know the details of a well drill exploration other than a seismic expert and oil engineering structures person, it is all full of traces in poor print of the bad computer days, millions of data parts, you would need to have taken the course before you read it and then some. So do both, this is OK, like Napoleon treat it with caution and do not believe everything you read and know sounds suspicious. I shall read on as the content is informative.