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Applied Hydrogeology (4th Edition) [Hardcover]

C.W. Fetter Jr.
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November 26, 2000 0130882399 978-0130882394 4

This best selling book, Applied Hydrogeology gives readers a balanced examination of all facets of hydrogeology. It text stresses the application of mathematics to problem solving rather than derivation of theory. It provides a balance between physical and chemical hydrogeology. Numerous case studies cultivate reader understanding of the occurrence and movement of ground water in a variety of geologic settings. This valuable reference includes five new case histories: The Dakota Aquifer, Fractures Sedimentary Rocks—Newark basin, Faults as Aquifer Boundaries, Desert Hydrology—Azraq basin, Jordan. Uses the Internet to obtain hydrogeologic data and information. Includes well-developed case studies in most of the chapters. Contains tables covering various functions, unit conversions, and additional data for solving well hydraulics, water chemistry, and contaminant transport problems. For readers interested in advanced hydrology, groundwater hydrology, hydrogeology, and civil engineering.

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This text gives students a balanced examination of how each facet of hydrology is related to other geologic fields. The text stresses the application of mathematics to problem solving rather than derivation of theory. Numerous case studies cultivate student understanding of the occurrence and movement of ground water in a variety of geologic settings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hydrogeology is now considered to be a core course in the curriculum of undergraduate geology programs as well as many fields of engineering. There is ongoing demand for persons with training in hydrogeology by consulting organizations, state and federal regulatory agencies, and industrial firms. Most of the employment in hydrogeology is in the environmental area. This is a book that will help prepare students for either a career in hydrogeology or in other areas of environmental science and engineering where a strong background in hydrogeology is needed.

Applied Hydrogeology is intended as a textbook for an introductory course in hydrogeology taught either at the advanced undergraduate level, or as a dual-level undergraduate/graduate course. It is also useful in helping individuals who are preparing to take state examinations for professional registration as a hydrologist or hydrogeologist. It can be found as a reference book in the personal library of many working professionals.

The reader is expected to have a working knowledge of college algebra, and calculus is helpful, but not necessary, for practical understanding of the material. A background in college chemistry is necessary to understand the chapter on water chemistry. The book stresses the application of mathematics to problem-solving rather than the derivation of theory. To this end you will find many example problems with step-by-step solutions. Case studies in many chapters enhance understanding of the occurrence and movement of ground water in a variety of geological settings. A glossary of hydrogeological terms makes this book a valuable reference.

The fourth edition contains new case studies and end-of-chapter problems. In most cases the problems are paired. An odd-numbered problem will have the answer given in a section in the back of the book, followed by an even-numbered problem without the answer. Step-by-step solutions to the odd-numbered problems can also be found at the Applied Hydrogeology web page: appliedhydrogeology. Many chapters in the fourth edition also contain a section called Analysis, with non-numerical questions. The use of spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft® Excel, in hydrogeology is introduced here.

Included with the text are working student versions of three computer programs that are used by ground-water professionals. They have been furnished free of charge by the software publishers. No technical support is furnished for these programs, either by the author or the software publisher. However, they are easy to use and come with tutorials and documentation on the CD-ROM.

The following reviewers provided helpful suggestions for the fourth edition: Gary S. Johnson, University of Idaho; Larry Murdoch, Clemson University; Claude Epstein, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; David L. Brown, California State University at Chico; F. Edwin Harvey, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Edward L. Shuster, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Willis D. Weight, Montana Tech. of the University of Montana; Larry D. McKay, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Laura L. Sanders, Northwestern Illinois University; Jean Hoff, St. Cloud State University; and Jim Butler, Kansas Geological Survey.

I am grateful to Larry Murdoch and Rex Hodges of Clemson University for introducing me to the use of spreadsheet ground-water flow models. I would especially like to thank Glenn Duffield of Hydrosolve, Inc. for furnishing the student version of AQTESOLV, Pat Delaney of Waterloo Hydrogeologic Inc. for furnishing the student version of Visual MODFLOW and Kirk Hemker for the use of FLOWNETLT. Todd Rayne of Hamilton College has prepared the solution manual for the problems, which course instructors can request from their Prentice Hall sales representative. Patrick Lynch, Senior Editor for Geology at Prentice Hall, has been very supportive through the course of my preparation f this revision.

C.W. Fetter
C.W. Fetter, Jr. Associates and
Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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  • Hardcover: 598 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (November 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130882399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130882394
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8 x 9.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thorough, well-defined, fluent January 14, 2005
I was very happy to use this text throughout my course on Hydrogeology. The verbage was succinct, the problems were applicable and well-complimented with the website for explanations, and the chapter reviews were impendious. At the end of each chapter, Fetter cocnluded with a detail of symbols; which I found to be a nice touch. Often an author uses a symbol once and expects the reader to always retain its significance, which is an unreal circumstance. The case studies were necessary to hammer home a concept! They were well-written and facilitated the goal of explaining a hydrogeological problem, and a solution.

The typographical errors of the first edition were corrected in this edition.

I recommend this text to all aspiring earth scientists.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I have the 3rd edition which I purchased in 1995 and although I enjoy the subject matter and use this book as a reference, I am still finding errors and making corrections to the textbook (typos in both text and problem sets). Someone should have paid closer attention to detail prior to submission to the publisher. I was going to get the 4th addition to add to my personal library, hoping there would be no errors. However, after a few minutes of research on the internet I found out that there are still errors in the 4th addition. However, the author does have a webpage with corrections posted. I wouldn't recommend this text to anyone unless they have time and are willing to go through the text to make the corrections. There are other texts in print covering the same subject matter with fewer or no errors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source August 28, 2009
I'm a lawyer with a background in physics, but none in hydrology. I got involved in water law and needed to understand what the hydrologists were saying. I was able to read this book and follow the development with little difficulty. I found that it addressed all the topics and used the same terminology and methodology that the hydrologists and modelers were using. It's hard to find references this useful and I recommend it highly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relieved to find. January 27, 2004
I found this book the easiest to read, compaired to a few other groundwater textbooks out there. It concentrates on the practical applications as opposed to formula derivations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source of information for GW Hydrology December 26, 2010
This book is an excellent source of information, especially for those who are interested in learning the fundamental aspects of groundwater hydrology. C.W. Fetter did a fantastic job conveying both the theoretical and applied nature of groundwater hydrology. The first several chapters, which discuss soil/rock properties and general surface hydrology are helpful if one needs a quick refresher. Derivations of important equations (i.e. Darcy's Law, Radial Flow, Well Hydraulics, etc.) are included within the chapters, which all too often are left out of other textbooks. Practice problems are included when necessary. In summary, I would highly recommend this book for those looking for a comprehensive source of information regarding groundwater hydrology.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Groundwater Book May 5, 2000
I've used two different groundwater books and I keep coming back to this one. Great examples where every term is defined under the equation. Good case studies, homeworks, the works. A must have for anyone who needs to work with groundwater.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Thoroughly Explain Text May 10, 2001
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As a student I was relieved to read ideas that were explained clearly, especially in the water chemistry chapter. I also appreciated how well the formulas were presented. The problems at the end of the chapter were a great way to study for exams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book April 29, 2014
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The book arrived promptly and in fantastic condition. I am completely satisfied with the book and I plan to learn a lot from it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Book manufacturer
The rating has to do more with whoever bounded the book. It ended up with a broken spine after a semesters use which is annoying when you want to sell back to amazon.
Published 3 months ago by candacerain
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted 90
Someone copied it onto computer paper. Then bounded it. I got screwed. At least the info is somewhat correct (log charts have no lines)
Published 4 months ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Quality
Whenever I received this rental book and took it out of the package, it had pages that were barely hanging onto the binding. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christian Herring
3.0 out of 5 stars Pages falling out
The book is indeed brand new; however, when I received it, the binding was poor, and several pages were already loose.
Published 5 months ago by Jessica Bladow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great help for school
The author does a decent job to explain many aspects of how to apply hydrogeology. Many equations are explained, and the example problems are really helpful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kaylyn K. Bautista
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but good
It is a good textbook but it is really expensive. It does a great job of breaking down the mathematical concepts including how the formulas come into play.
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Grogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
The book is fine, but I found some few lines inside it made with a pencil and it is supposed to be new!!
Published 9 months ago by Manal Askar
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
This was among the better of the required texts I needed in college. It is well organized and the examples are thorough and there are enough of them to answer questions. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ross Mullen
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, keeping it
This will be one of my textbooks I keep. It's easy to follow and has practical examples as well as sufficient review questions and problems. I also liked the case studies. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars This text explains concepts well
If a student is to read this, it is very explanatory. I was not looking forward to this class, but may survive if I read the book! Well written. Good job Fetter!
Published on February 20, 2011 by redrockgeol
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