Monday, February 9, 2009

Book recommendation: Carbonate Sedimentology

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You will easily notice when following my blog that I am working a lot with carbonates these days. That interest developed in the last year or two and was further advanced when I had the chance to attend two very entertaining presentations by Maurice E. Tucker during the XIII Latin-American and XIV Peruvian Geological Congress in 2008 that also gave me the, sadly enough, rather short possibility to meet Maurice Tucker and shake hands.

The book Carbonate Sedimentology by Maurice E. Tucker and V. Paul Wright I already liked before that event but I decided to actually get it myself then right after I was back home. Allthough written and first published in 1990 I still consider it one of the best textbooks on carbonate sedimentology that are available. Even if you have little to know knowledge on carbonates it will guide you in 9 very readable chapters from the basics and building blocks of carbonates, the sedimentological principles behind them, modern carbonate environments, depositional systems, their mineralogy and chemistry, diagenesis and dolomites to carbonate systems in the geological record. The book is augmented by many good illustrations and profits a lot from the enjoyable writing style of the authors. Both students and professionals who haven't worked with carbonates before will find something for them in this book. Without going too much into microfacies analysis it presents and explaines carbonates in easy to understand terms. The only downsides I found are the often too dark fotographs that make recognition of the objects shown not always easy and the paperback format. The book itself will easily suffer from active usage. I assume that is due to the re-print quality. Dispite that I can whole-heartedly recommend the book! It is not easy to come-by at least in Germany and I had to wait 5 weeks after ordering it. Well, it was worth it. For all those not wanting to invest too much money you can surely find it in any good geological library.


Carbonate Sedimentology Front Cover

4 comments :

Silver Fox said...

Are you going 'soft rock' on us?!

Lost Geologist said...

Arrr...no worries! I still love anything about mineral deposits and ores! They just are so hard to come-by around here. I would love some andesites or volcanic dykes, too, just to name a few.

Silver Fox said...

I'll just have to say words like stibnite, granite, sphalerite (well, that can be in limestones!), to you until you get over this craze! ;)

Actually, I think it's pretty neat to know that much about limestones.

Lost Geologist said...

Oh, if you would know how often I am leering at the mineralised veins, precious metals hosting meta-conglomerates or crytalline basements rocks of the Black Forrest just 4km east of where they make me work. ;-D

Seriously, a lot of mineralisation in Germany is either sediment-hosted or in the form of veins hosted by anything you can imagine. About 90% of the surface area of Germany is probably covered with sedimentary rocks and meta-sedimentary rocks. The rest is any kind of crystalline mixed together, including highly metamorphosed meta-sedimentary rocks.