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Sedimentology and Sedimentary Basins

From Turbulence to Tectonics

Mike R. Leeder

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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Geologie


The sedimentary record on Earth stretches back more than 4.3billion years and is present in more abbreviated forms on companionplanets of the Solar System, like Mars and Venus, and doubtlesselsewhere. Reading such planetary archives correctly requiresintimate knowledge of modern sedimentary processes acting withinthe framework provided by tectonics, climate and sea or lake levelvariations. The subject of sedimentology thus encompasses theorigins, transport and deposition of mineral sediment on planetarysurfaces. The author addresses the principles of the subject from theviewpoint of modern processes, emphasising a general sciencenarrative approach in the main text, with quantitative backgroundderived in enabling 'cookie' appendices. The book endswith an innovative chapter dealing with how sedimentology iscurrently informing a variety of cognate disciplines, from thetiming and extent tectonic uplift to variations in palaeoclimate.Each chapter concludes with a detailed guide to key further readingleading to a large bibliography of over 2500 entries. The book isdesigned to reach an audience of senior undergraduate and graduatestudents and interested academic and industry professionals.


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"For them, I cannot recommend it too highly, this being alifetime of scholarly endeavour encapsulated in one volume. Itwill, I am sure, be a standard reference for years tocome." (Geology Today, 1 May 2011)"The book is designed to reach an audience of senior undergraduateand graduate students and interested academic and industryprofessionals."
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