Applied Hydrogeology (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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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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PREFACE

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 598 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (November 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130882399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130882394
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 10.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Fisher on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By VM on June 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George I. Chandler II on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By Engineer on January 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By jaman9819 on December 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Sarah L. Palmer on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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By Lea on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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. I noted that there were some complaints about wrong answers in the 3rd edition. I did not come across this often in the 4th with the exception of one chapter that seemed to have a couple. I did not find the CD of any use at all. If I could go back, I would have bought a used book rather than one that guaranteed the CD.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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