"...a clearly, crisply and tightly written book with a pleasing style...a nice succinct overview of the diverse field of
sedimentology...a good read, informative and well worth the modest price."
- Journal of Sedimentary Research
"...this book would make an important addition to the library of any geologist. Its descriptions of the industrial applications of sedimentology and stratigraphy are found in few other books and will have considerable value for undergraduate and graduate students in the earth sciences...an important contribution."
- CHOICE, Jan 2001
"Illustrations include well-reproduced black and white photos and clear uncluttered, readable maps, sections and block diagrams. Selley's writing style is straightforward and clear, punctuated occasionally by subtle, quite engaging flights of light-hearted humor...this book, described by Selley as "unashamedly about sensual
sedimentology", is an important contribution that belongs both in the hands of students and in the working library of the petroleum geology
- AAPG Bulletin, May 2001
"The sections on diageesis were particularly well done ad include an excellent discussion of the role of orgaic compounds in pore fluids in controlling diageetic reactions."
From the Back Cover
This is a completely revised edition ofApplied Sedimentology
, first published in 1988. Like its precursor, it describes sediments from sand grains to sedimentary basins.Part 1, Rock to Sediment
, introduces the concept of the sedimentary cycle, describes weathering and soil formation, and details the fundamental physical properties of a sediment: texture, porosity, and permeability.Part 2, Sediment Sedimented
, begins by describing the transportation and deposition of sediment and the resultant sedimentary structures. It ends with a description of the various depositional systems, sequence stratigraphy, and cyclicity.Part 3, Sediment to Rock
, opens by describing how pressure, temperature, and fluid processes control petroleum and ore formation. It continues with accounts of the evolution of porosity and permeability in carbonates and sandstones. The last chapter describes the different types of sedimentary basins, their origins, depositional fill, and the evolution of their fluids. The book emphasizes the applications of sedimentology to the exploration for and exploitation of natural resources, including water, ores, and hydrocarbons.Applied Sedimentology
is written principally for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students of earth science and engineering. It may also, however, prove useful to more mature readers who explore and exploit the sedimentary rocks for fossil fuels and mineral deposits.
Richard Selley has spent most of his career at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London University, where he is Professor of Applied Sedimentology. Between 1969-75, however, he worked for oil companies in Libya, Greenland and the North Sea. The author has been awarded the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and has been awarded a Certificate of Merit and a Survivor Certificate by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.