Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 10, 2009 - Science - 419 pages
Sedimentary rocks contain the most important archive of environmental change through earth history. They record changing climates, the movement of plates, and the rise and fall of sea-level on timescales of a few thousand to billions of years. This fully revised and updated edition introduces the reader to sedimentology and stratigraphic principles, and provides tools for the interpretation of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The processes of formation, transport and deposition of sediment are considered and then applied to develop conceptual models for the full range of sedimentary environments, from deserts to deep seas and reefs to rivers.


Different approaches to using stratigraphic principles to date and correlate strata are also considered, in order to provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of sedimentology and stratigraphy. The text and figures are designed to be accessible to anyone completely new to the subject, and all of the illustrative material is provided in an accompanying CD-ROM. High-resolution versions of these images can also be downloaded from the companion website for this book at:
www.wiley.com/go/nicholssedimentology.

 

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Contents

TERRIGENOUS
5
vi
25
BIOGENIC CHEMICAL
28
Further reading
43
FIELD SEDIMENTOLOGY FACIES
69
Further reading
86
GLACIAL ENVIRONMENTS
102
AEOLIAN ENVIRONMENTS
114
Further reading
224
SHALLOW MARINE
225
DEEP MARINE ENVIRONMENTS
247
Further reading
262
Further reading
273
AND LITHOSTRATIGRAPHY
297
BIOSTRATIGRAPHY
311
Further reading
323

RIVERS AND ALLUVIAL FANS
129
LAKES
151
MORPHOLOGY
163
DELTAS
179
Further reading
198
Further reading
214
Further reading
334
SEALEVEL CHANGES
349
SEDIMENTARY BASINS
381
References
398
Index
411
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\Gary Nichols teaches sedimentology and stratigraphy at Royal Holloway University of London, UK, and has also recently taught courses at the University Centre on Svalbard, Norway. His research interests in the analysis of facies and sedimentary basins have taken him to every continent, providing experience of a wide range of sedimentary rocks types of different ages in a variety of depositional settings.

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