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Environmental and Engineering Geology: Beyond the Basics

Product Code: WH015
Series: Whittles Publishing
Author/Editor: By J.S. Griffiths & F.G. Bell
Publication Date: 21 March 2023
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This new book is a substantially updated and expanded edition based upon the successful and acclaimed Basic Environmental and Engineering Geology by the late Professor Fred Bell.

  • Contains an impressive amount of information with over 400 photographs, diagrams and charts in full colour
  • Provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of the theory, background and practical application of environmental and engineering geology
  • Draws on the combined 90 years experience of the two authors
  • Incorporates case studies from around the world

It incorporates the changes that have occurred since and also addresses some aspects of the discipline that have developed a much higher profile over the past few decades. The book is underpinned by two fundamental premises: that environmental and engineering geology represents a single coherent discipline that has a broad remit; and it is a vocational subject and not an academic pursuit, that aims to provide the societal means for safe, economic, and environmentally sustainable planning and development.

The early chapters underpin the discipline and deal with: geology and geochemistry; geomorphology; engineering soils and rocks; pedological soils; hydrology and hydrogeology. A thorough appraisal of the various stages of site investigation is followed by nine chapters on the application of environmental and engineering geology. These chapters cover a broad range and draw on case studies taken both from the authors own files and those published elsewhere. In all examples the aim is to illustrate the way case studies have improved our knowledge and developed the science of environmental and engineering geology. The final chapter addresses some of the new issues that environmental and engineering geologists are now facing that were not considered in the first edition, including climate change, renewable energy, geoconservation, geoforensics, and modern military applications. In addition, the requirement for skills that are beyond subject knowledge required by practitioners are introduced, such as project management, health & safety, and seeking professional recognition.

An extensive list of additional reading is provided for each of the chapters in the book, allowing readers to explore the rich literature that underpins this fascinating and important subject.

Readership: this will be of great value to professionals working in the areas of environmental and engineering geology, applied geomorphology and geotechnical engineering; a vital course book for postgraduates and reference for advanced undergraduates in these disciplines.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781849954013
Publisher: Whittles
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 630
Weight: 1.5 kg


Introduction to environmental and engineering geology; Geology and geochemistry; Geomorphology; Engineering soils and rocks; Pedological soils; Hydrology and hydrogeology; Site investigation: initial stage (desk studies, field mapping, remote sensing, GIS, ground models); Site investigation main stage (geophysics, exploratory holes, testing and reporting); Land-use planning, hazards and risk management; Land capability, agriculture and soil erosion; Catastrophic geohazards and disasters; Pernicious non-catastrophic geohazards; Mining and the environment; Waste, contamination and brownfield sites; Water resources; Geomaterials; Construction; Emerging issues and professionalism


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