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The Geological Society Library has arranged offsite online access to the following books for GSL Fellows using Athens authentication. If you do not already have an Athens account, an application form is on our website and can be e-mailed or posted to us.

 

African basinsAfrican basins
R.C. Selley
Vol.3 in the series Sedimentary basins of the world

This book brings together in one volume, concise reviews of basins previously documented in a vast array of diffuse literature. These include the onshore Owambo, Iullemmeden, and Sudanese rift basins, and the offshore basins of southern Africa. The thirteen chapters are arranged in 3 parts covering North Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa and the book is illustrated by maps, cross-sections, stratigraphic sections and seismic lines. Each chapter includes a comprehensive bibliography and the book concludes with a subject index.

 

The AndesThe Andes
Oncken, O., Chong, G., Franz, G., Giese, P., Götze, H.-J., Ramos, V.A., Strecker, M.R., Wigger, P.
Part of Frontiers in Earth Sciences

This book provides an overview of a complete subduction orogen, the Andes (considered to represent the type subduction belt on Earth), integrating the results from a wide variety of methods. For example, the densest and most highly resolved geophysical image of an active subduction orogen complemented by dense geodetic data and a range of geological observations. These all contribute towards a process oriented understanding of the mechanisms driving subduction orogeny in its various manifestations. The contributions to the volume cover all fields of earth sciences in a range of formats. These are complemented by an existing web site that will be further developed in close contact with the book.

 

Atlas of benthic foraminiferaAtlas of benthic foraminifera
Ann Holbourn, Andrew S. Henderson, Norman MacLeod

This work collects together, new morphological descriptions, taxonomic placements, stratigraphic occurrence data, geographical distribution summaries, and palaeoecological information, along with state-of-the-art colour photomicrographs (most taken in reflected light, just as you would see them using light microscopy), of 300 common deep-sea benthic foraminifera species spanning the interval from Jurassic - Recent. This volume is intended as a reference and research resource for post-graduate students in micropalaeontology, geological professionals (stratigraphers, paleontologists, paleoecologists, palaeoceanographers), taxonomists, and evolutionary (palaeo)biologists.

 

Basin analysisBasin analysis: principles and application to petroleum play assessment, 3rd ed.
Philip A. Allen, John R. Allen

This book is aimed at understanding sedimentary basins as geodynamic entities. It is divided into 4 parts that establish the geodynamical environment for sedimentary basins and the physical state of the lithosphere, followed by a coverage of the mechanics of basin formation, an integrated analysis of the controls on the basin-fill and its burial and thermal history, and concludes with an application of basin analysis principles in petroleum play assessment, including a discussion of unconventional hydrocarbon plays. The text is supplemented by appendices providing mathematical derivations of a wide range of processes affecting the formation of basins and their sedimentary fills. Many of these appendices include practical exercises that give the reader hands-on experience of quantitative solutions to important basin analysis processes.

 

Cores and core logging for geoscientistsCores and core logging for geoscientists
Graham A. Blackbourn

All aspects of cores are covered in this book, including cutting and recovery; wellsite handling and logging; recognition of coring damage; laboratory analysis; logging and sampling; and, preservation and storage.In this work, logging and interpretation are dealt with in detail, encompassing structural and engineering investigations in addition to sedimentology. Emphasis is laid throughout on those features most important to the economical development of geological resources. Because the methodology is dealt with extensively, the reader with a background in sedimentology, geotechnical engineering, petrophysics or a related subject is able to put the principles and techniques of core studies into practice.

 

Embryos in deep timeEmbryos in deep time: the rock record of biological development
Marcelo Sánchez

This book is a critical synthesis of the study of individual development in fossils. It brings together an up-to-date review of concepts from comparative anatomy, ecology and developmental genetics, and examples of different kinds of animals from diverse geological epochs and geographic areas. It addresses evolutionary changes in reproductive modes, how changes in ocean chemistry in the past affected the development of marine organisms, and what the microstructure of fossil bone and teeth reveal about maturation time, longevity and changes in growth phases. This book contains numerous examples and illustrations of how fossils provide evidence of adult anatomy and of the life history of individuals at different growth stages.

 

Engineering rock mechanics: an introduction to the principlesEngineering rock mechanics: an introduction to the principles
John A. Hudson and John P. Harrison

The book covers the principles of basic rock mechanics; how to study the interactions between these principles and a discussion on the fundamentals of excavation and support and the application of these in the design of surface and underground structures. This book can be used on its own or with Engineering rock mechanics part II: illustrative worked examples by the same authors which contains worked examples.

 

 

Engineering rock mechanics part 2: illustrative worked examplesEngineering rock mechanics part II: illustrative worked examples
John P. Harrison and John A. Hudson

This can be used as an independent book or with Engineering rock mechanics: an introduction to the principles by the same authors. It contains illustrative worked examples of engineering rock mechanics in action as applied to civil, mining, petroleum and environmental engineering. The book covers the necessary understanding and the key techniques supporting the rock engineering design of structural foundations, dams, rock slopes, wellbores, tunnels, caverns, hydroelectric schemes and mines. There is a question and worked answer presentation with the question and answer sets collated into twenty chapters which match the subject matter of the first book.

 

The geologic time scale 2012The geologic time scale 2012
Felix M. Gradstein, James G. Ogg, Mark D. Schmitz, Gabi M. Ogg

The geologic time scale 2012 is the framework for deciphering the history of our planet, and the charts in this book present the most up-to-date, international standard, as ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy and the International Union of Geological Sciences. The 2012 geologic time scale is an enhanced, improved and expanded version of the GTS2004, including chapters on planetary scales, the Cryogenian-Ediacaran periods/systems, a prehistory scale of human development, a survey of sequence stratigraphy, and an extensive compilation of stable-isotope chemostratigraphy.

 

Geological atlas of AfricaGeological atlas of Africa
Thomas Schluter

This is the first attempt to summarise the geology of Africa by presenting it in an atlas and to synthesize the stratigraphy, tectonics, economic geology, geohazards, geosites and geoscientific education of each country and territory of the continent. Furthermore, the digitised geological maps are correlated and harmonised according to the current stratigraphic time table. The atlas aims to contribute to capacity building in African Earth Sciences and to initiate research and economic opportunities by providing a database of basic geological background information.

 

Hydrogeology: principles and practiceHydrogeology: principles and practice 2nd ed.
Kevin Hiscock, Victor Bense

This book presents a systematic approach to understanding groundwater. Earlier chapters explain the fundamental physical and chemical principles of hydrogeology, and later chapters feature groundwater investigation techniques in the context of catchment processes, as well as chapters on groundwater quality and contaminant hydrogeology. It features chapters on the applications of environmental isotopes and noble gases in the interpretation of aquifer evolution, and on regional characteristics such as topography, compaction and variable fluid density in the explanation of geological processes affecting past, present and future groundwater flow regimes. The last chapter discusses groundwater resources and environmental management, and examines the role of groundwater in integrated river basin management, including an assessment of possible adaptation responses to the impacts of climate change.

 

Landscapes and landforms of EthiopiaLandscapes and landforms of Ethiopia
Paolo Billi (ed.)

Ethiopia’s geomorphology varies from highlands, marked by high volcanoes and incised by deep river gorges, to the rift valley lakes and lowlands below sea level with characteristic landscapes which are unique in the world. Landscapes and landforms of Ethiopia highlights all these topics including essential information about geology and tectonic framework, past and present climate, hydrology, geographical regions and long-term geomorphological history.

 

Landslides: types, mechanisms and modelingLandslides: types, mechanisms and modeling
John J. Clague, Douglas Stead

This book provides a state-of-the-art summary of landslide science. It features both field geology and engineering approaches, as well as modeling of slope failure and run-out using a variety of numerical codes. It is illustrated with international case studies integrating geological, geotechnical and remote sensing studies and includes recent slope investigations in North America, Europe and Asia. This is a reference source for researchers and graduate students in geomorphology, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and geophysics, as well as professionals in natural hazard analysis.

 

Natural Resources in AfghanistanNatural resources in Afghanistan
Shroder, John F.

This book details Afghanistan's physical geography — climate, soils, vegetation, water, hazards, and basic geological background and terrain landforms — together with details of its natural resources, ethnic problems, and relevant past histories. It couples these details with the challenges of environmental degradation and new environmental management and protection.

 

 

Practical engineering geologyPractical engineering geology
Steve Hencher

This provides an introduction to the way that projects are managed, designed and constructed and the ways that the engineering geologist can contribute to cost-effective and safe project achievement. The need for a holistic view of geological materials, from soil to rock, and of geological history is emphasised. Chapters address key aspects of geology for engineering and ground modelling; site investigation and testing of geological materials; geotechnical parameters; design of slopes, tunnels, foundations and other engineering structures; identifying hazards; and avoiding unexpected ground conditions.

 

Principles of sequence stratigraphyPrinciples of sequence stratigraphy
Octavian Catuneanu

This book provides coverage and assessment of ideas and models in the field of sequence stratigraphy. It examines the relationship between conflicting approaches, demonstrating that sufficient common ground exists to eliminate terminology barriers and facilitate communication between all practitioners of sequence stratigraphy. It reviews past and current literature, includes key original viewpoints and is illustrated with new graphic material and numerous field examples of outcrop, core, well log and 3D seismic data.

 

Rock fractures in geological processesRock fractures in geological processes
Agust Gudmundsson

This book combines results from fracture mechanics, materials science, rock mechanics, structural geology, hydrogeology, and fluid mechanics to explore and explain fracture processes and fluid transport in the crust. Basic concepts are developed from first principles and illustrated with worked examples linking models of geological processes to real field observations and measurements. Many additional examples and exercises are provided online, allowing readers to practise formulating and quantitative testing of models.

 

Sedimentary basins and petroleum geology of the Middle EastSedimentary basins and petroleum geology of the Middle East
A.S. Alsharhan, A.E.M. Nairn

This book reviews the tectonic and geological history of the Middle East and the regional hydrocarbon potential on a country by country basis in the context of ideas developed through seismic and sequence stratigraphy and incorporating the ideas of global sea level change. Subsurface data have been used as much as possible to amplify the descriptions. The paleogeographic approach provides a means to view the area as a whole. While the country by country approach inevitably leads to some repetition, it underlines some of the changing lithologies within formations carrying the same name.

 

Sedimentary environmentsSedimentary environments: processes, facies and stratigraphy, 3rd ed.
Harold G. Reading

This book shows how ancient environments may be reconstructed by interpreting first the processes which gave rise to sedimentary rocks and then the environment in which these processes operated. It covers modern environments, with associated processes and products; the way processes relate to resultant sedimentology; field data, facies relationships, sequences and associations; facies analysis using chronostratigraphic framework defined by correlative surfaces; the interplay of sediment supply, tectonics and sea level changes; and the way sedimentary rocks are related to their geological background and how the recognition of sedimentary processes and environments illuminate our understanding of past climates, the chemistry of oceans and land and the development of life and world tectonics.

 

Sedimentary facies analysisSedimentary facies analysis
A. Guy Plint
Special publication. International Association of Sedimentologists no.22

Topics covered include alluvial palaeogeography; esturine sedimentology; gravelly shore and beach deposits; turbidite systems; clastic and chemical sedimentation; volcanic terrains; sedimentation and tectonics of a syn-rift succession; using geochemical data in determining provenance and tectonic setting of ancient sedimentary successions; differential subsidence and preservation potential of shallow water tertiary sequences; Seismic stratigraphic analysis of large scale ridge-trough sedimentary structures; Millstone Grit cyclicity; clastic oil and gas reservoirs; and evolution of Oligo-Miocene fluvial sandbody geometries.

 

Sedimentology and sedimentary basinsSedimentology and sedimentary basins: from turbulence to tectonics
Mike R. Leeder

The author addresses the principles of sedimentology from the viewpoint of modern processes, emphasising a general science narrative approach in the main text, with quantitative background in enabling 'cookie' appendices. The book ends with a chapter dealing with how sedimentology is currently informing a variety of cognate disciplines, from the timing and extent tectonic uplift to variations in palaeoclimate. The book provides information on modern sedimentary processes acting within the framework provided by tectonics, climate and sea or lake level variations.

 

Sequence stratigraphy on the Northwest European MarginSequence stratigraphy on the Northwest European Margin, Proceedings of the Norwegian Petroleum Society Conference
R.J. Steel, V.L. Felt, E.P. Johannesson, C. Mathieu
Norwegian Petroleum Society special publications vol. 5

This publication contains papers presented at the international conference “Sequence Stratigraphy: Advances and Applications for Exploration and Production in North West Europe” held in Stavanger, Norway. The aims of the conference were: (1) to provide an update on the conceptual aspects of sequence stratigraphy, with weight on alternative opinions; (2) to highlight the importance of tectonics in sequence generation; and (3) to provide a review of Carboniferous to Tertiary examples, where sequence stratigraphy has been applied in North West Europe.

 

Tectonics of sedimentary basinsTectonics of sedimentary basins: recent advances
Cathy Busby, Antonio Azor Perez

Many of leading researchers in the field of tectonics and sedimentology have been brought together in this volume to provide concise overviews of the subject. This book focuses on key topics or areas in the subject. Techniques are described in Section 1, including detrital zircon geochronology, cosmogenic nuclide dating, magnetostratigraphy, 3-D seismic, and basin modelling. Section 2 presents the models for rift, post-rift, transtensional and strike slip basin settings. Section 3 addresses ideas in convergent margin tectonics, including the sedimentary record of subduction intiation and subduction, flat-slab subduction, and arc-continent collision; it then moves to forearc basins and intra-arc basins, and ends with a series of papers formed under compessional strain regimes, as well as post-orogenic intramontane basins. Section 4 examines the origin of plate interior basins, and the sedimentary record of supercontinent formation.

 

Unconventional petroleum geologyUnconventional petroleum geology
Caineng Zou

This book provides a detailed assessment of the exploration and recovery potential of the full range of unconventional hydrocarbons; contains more than 300 illustrations (many in full colour) which capture the detailed intricacies and associated technological advances in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration, and includes case studies and examples from around the world at the end of each chapter.