Sedimentary rocks are widely distributed at the Earth's surface and their accurate description is essential for interpretations of depositional environments and palaeo-geography. Designed to be used in the field, this book describes both techniques and approaches and discusses particular aspects including composition, texture, sedimentary structures and fossils. Explanations are aided by the inclusion of detailed illustrations.
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Sedimentary rocks are widely distributed at the Earth's surface and their accurate description is essential for the interpretation of depositional environments and palaeo-geography. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field describes how these rocks may be observed, recorded and mapped, and has been written at a level suitable for undergraduate students of geology. It provides comprehensive coverage of basic field techniques required to study sedimentary rocks, followed by an illustrated account of sedimentary rock types, textures and structures, as well as outlining particular aspects of sedimentary rocks including palaeocurrents and fossils. Since much fieldwork is unsupervised, care has been taken within the book to provide a helpful collection of diagrams, photographs, figures and tables that will guide the reader through the investigation of an exposure and help answer many of the common questions that arise in the field. This is the second edition of the popular text Field Description of Sedimentary Rocks and new sections include storm deposits, sequence stratigraphy and key surfaces. Well illustrated throughout, the book contains useful checklists to assist the reader in the identification and classification of sedimentary rocks.
Review of the First Edition Maurice Tucker has produced an invaluable little book which is practical both in terms of length covering techniques, sedimentary rock types, textures and structures, fossils and an introduction to facies analysis; and from the point of view of physical size: it fits fairly easily into the back pocket of a pair of blue jeans - an important point for a field book. Chris Baldwin, Sedimentology
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