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Sedimentology has neither been adequately popularized nor This book begins with a consideration of the complex end commonly taught as an interdisciplinary subject, and many product of processes and materials, the sedimentary environ workers in the areas of modem environment studies have very ment. It then proceeds to discuss the processes and materials limited knowledge of sedimentology. Practical Sedimentol themselves. The emphasis is on geological interpretations of ogy (henceforth PS) is designed to provide an introduction and ancient deposits, but most discussions are also relevant to review of principles and interpretations related to sedimentary modem sediments and can be used to predict environmental processes, environments, and deposits. Its companion volume, changes. A basic knowledge of geological jargon is antici Analytical Sedimentology (henceforth AS), provides "cook pated for users of this book; we try to define most of the more book recipes" for common analytical procedures dealing with esoteric terms in context, but if there are additional incom sediments, and an introduction to the principles and reference prehensible terms, refer to Bates and Jackson's Glossary of sources for procedures that generally would be performed by Geology (AGI, 1987). specialist consultants or commercial laboratories. Specialist sedimentologists will find in them useful reviews, whereas sci ACKNOWLEDGMENTS entists from other disciplines will find in them concepts and procedures that may contribute to an expanded knowledge of Many chapter drafts ofPS were critically reviewed by Dr. M.
Preface; Introduction: Scope of sedimentology, General description of sediments and sedimentary rocks; Selected general textbooks and references; Environments of sedimentation: Tectonics, eustacy, climate: megacontrols of environment; Processes and environment; Organisms and environment; Environmental models; Selected bibliography; Processes in sedimentation: Surficial chemical processes; Surficial physical processes; Diagenesis; Biological processes; Volcanic processes; Selected bibliography; Sedimentary structures: Inorganic structures; Biogenic structures; Selected bibliography; Texture of detrital sediments: Grain size; Roundness; Sphericity; Surface texture; Fabric; Textural maturity; Sediment texture in environmental impact assessment; Selected bibliography; Composition of detrital sediments: Detrital sandstones; Rudites; Lutites; Selected bibliography; Clays and colloids: Mineralogy; Cation exchange; Origin; Colloidal sediments; Glauconite; Selected bibliography; Sedimentary carbonates: Mineralogy; Classification; Biota in carbonate sedimentation; Carbonate environments; Diagenesis; Selected bibliography; Chemical sediments: Evaporites; Iron in sedimentation; Other chemical sediments; Selected bibliography; Environmental and scientific reporting: Sedimentologists and environmental impact studies; Planning and writing a report; Structure and components of a paper or report; Citations, references, and bibliographies; Writing style; Verbal presentation of reports; Selected bibliography.
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