Sedimentology and Sedimentary Basins : From Turbulence to Tectonics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-21
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The sedimentary record on Earth stretches back more than 4.3 billion years and is present in more abbreviated forms on companion planets of the Solar System, like Mars and Venus, and doubtless elsewhere. Reading such planetary archives correctly requires intimate knowledge of modern sedimentary processes acting within the framework provided by tectonics, climate and sea or lake level variations. The subject of sedimentology thus encompasses the origins, transport and deposition of mineral sediment on planetary surfaces. The author addresses the principles of the subject from the viewpoint of modern processes, emphasising a general science narrative approach in the main text, with quantitative background derived in enabling 'cookie' appendices. The book ends with an innovative chapter dealing with how sedimentology is currently informing a variety of cognate disciplines, from the timing and extent tectonic uplift to variations in palaeoclimate. Each chapter concludes with a detailed guide to key further reading leading to a large bibliography of over 2500 entries. The book is designed to reach an audience of senior undergraduate and graduate students and interested academic and industry professionals.

Author Biography

Mike Leeder is Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. A geologist by training, at the University of Durham, he has researched and taught sedimentology since 1969, beginning as a graduate student at the Sedimentological Research Laboratory, University of Reading under the legendary Perce Allen and as faculty member at the Universities of Leeds and East Anglia. He is particularly interested in sedimentological fluid dynamics, basin analysis and the links between sedimentary processes and climate change.

Table of Contents

Making Sediment
Clastic sediment as chemical and physical breakdown products
Carbonate, siliceous, iron-rich and evaporite sediments
Sediment grain properties
Moving fluid
Fluid basics
Types of Fluid Motion
Transporting sediment
Sediment in fluid and fluid flow - general
Bedforms and sedimentary structures in flows and under waves
Sediment gravity flows and their deposits
Liquefaction, fluidisation and sliding sediment deformation
Major external controls on sedimentation and sedimentary environments
Major External Controls on Sedimentation
Continental Sedimentary Environments
Subaerial fans: alluvial and colluvial
Aeolian sediments in low-latitude deserts
Marine Sedimentary Environments
River and fan deltas
Linear clastic shorelines
Calcium carbonate-evaporite shorelines, shelves and basins
Deep ocean
Sedimentary Architecture of Sedimentary basins
Sediment in sedimentary basins: a user's guide
Topics: Sediment solutions to interdisciplinary problems
Sediments solve wider interdisciplinary problems
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