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ISBN-13: 978-0123847058
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"The 2nd edition of Groundwater Science by Charles R. Fitts includes a wealth of new and updated materials both in the book and on the web... Fitts' book is excellently written for use in an introductory groundwater course, particularly at the undergraduate level.  Groundwater science has the benefit of an author with an engineering background..." - Groundwater, 2013, vol. 51(5), p. 655.

"The 2nd edition of Groundwater Science by Charles R.Fitts includes a wealth of new and updated materials both in the book and on the web…Fitts’ book is excellently written for use in an introductory groundwater course, particularly at the undergraduate level."--Groundwater, September-October 2013

Praise for the first edition: "Groundwater Science would serve well as the text for an introductory groundwater course...The graphics are crisp and explanatory. Data sets needed to work some of the problems in the book are available as text files from the book's Web Site...I found these files to be complete and easy to understand. The references are up to date...concise, well-written, and well-illustrated..."-Sean A. McKenna, Sanda National Labs, EOS TRANSACTIONS, July 2003 "Groundwater Science is presented in a clear, logical manner, with attractive, effective typeset, and crisp diagrams...I strongly endorse this book for those entering the world of groundwater science for the first time."-David Sharpe, Geological Survey of Canada Episodes, December 2002 "The writing is clear and accurate without being wordy... The figures, references, and indexing are also well done. The references include both classics and recent papers, with broad coverage...It's not easy to do so many topics well, but Fitts' book succeeds."-Laura Toran, for GROUND WATER, 2003 "Fitts takes a decidedly lean and focused approach to the subject. The figures have a crisp and uncluttered look to them. The writing and presentation is clear and economical. Fitts stresses concepts over formal development, avoiding derivations and mathematics where possible. I found his approach to be very effective, and expect it would appeal to the learning style of most students who need to first establish a simple, concrete foundation, supported by their own intuition, before they can abstract concepts in mathematical expressions...Groundwater Science is a good text for an introductory course in groundwater."--Roger Beckie, University of British Columbia, for VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL, November 2003 "This text should find a suitable market in ground water science, especially with those instructors who prefer more mathematical or engineering perspectives to the subject. Although the text stresses mathematical modeling and contaminant flow, the overall balance provided by the geological perspective from Chapter 4 makes it a suitable choice for any instructor needing a comprehensive, visually appealing, well organized, and well supported textbook on ground water."-Robert A. Vargo, Department of Earth Science, California University, for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association

About the Author

Charles R. Fitts is a professor at the University of Southern Maine with research interests in hydrogeology, contaminant migration, and applied mathematics. He earned an MS in engineering geology at Cornell and a PhD in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has consulted for various geotechnical and groundwater companies, and is author of several groundwater modeling software packages: AnAqSim (analytic aquifer simulator) and TWODAN for groundwater flow, and SOLUTRANS for solute transport.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 692 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123847052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123847058
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie was raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied geology and biology as an undergraduate, and later studied geotechnical and groundwater engineering at Cornell University (M.S.) and the University of Minnesota (PhD). Charlie has worked in geotechnical and groundwater consulting since 1979. He is author of three groundwater modeling software packages: TWODAN, SOLUTRANS, and AnAqSim (analytic aquifer simulator). Charlie is professor emeritus at the University of Southern Maine and is presently busy with groundwater consulting and AnAqSim development. Charlie and his wife Claire have 5 boys and love outdoor activities including gardening, hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosalia on December 3, 2014
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Very useful for a complete understanding ofthesu je t
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It's difficult to rate this book. It's not a bad book at all but it's an unusual book to me. In the beginning, I thought this could be a new kind of introductory book into theoretical and applied hydrogeology. But it's not. It can't be an introduction into "hydrogeology" (in a broad sense, and the book title should have told me) because it goes too fast and jumps to conclusions that are not self-intuitive for a beginner. For instance, in chapter 2, page 25, the fact that at the bottom of a well the "pressure is equals the weight density of water times the water column H" is only stated in a practical example that shows how incompressible water is. There is no previous paragraph which explains this fact and why it is so and terminology-wise weight density is for me specif weight. A quick refresh in physic mechanic would be necessary. In Chapter 2.6 (Measuring Hydraulic Head with Wells and Piezometers) the initial and mid part are a bit overcomplicated to understand to me - why not mentioning the height of water column in the well which is something everybody can see? - and perhaps with the example Nr. 20 at the end of the chapter. On the other side, the rest of same chapter is excellent in informing the reader that the water level in a newly installed piezometer is not the same as in the surroundings because the system needs to adjust itself. In chapter 3, the Darcy Law is explained but quickly again. Concerning "Heterogeneity and Anysotropy of the Hydraulic Conductivity" (Ch. 3.5), anysotropy and heterogeneity are almost synonyms in the chapter ("In a heterogeneous material the value of K varies spatially" - "Anysotropy implies that the value of K at a given location depends on directions" page 59).Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2013
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NO PAGE NUMBERS!!! in ebook edition to correspond to printed edition page assignments and discussions in class!!! Wake up publishers!!
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