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SOEE 1600 Module Reading List

Geology for Petroleum Engineers, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Nigel Mountney
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Essential Reading

- Klein and Philpotts, 2013, Earth materials : introduction to mineralogy and petrology, Cambridge University Press. This book is excellent for the Geological Materials part of your course, however, it goes beyond the scope of the course in places. It is not recommended to purchase, but the library has several copies. If you do purchase it, you can certainly sell it next year to newer students. (Chapter 6 Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE)   

· Allaby, M., 2008. A dictionary of earth sciences. Oxford Paperback Reference, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 672 pages. This book (or one of several other similar variants) is essential as a reference guide. It provides definitions of most of the common terms used in the geological sciences.

· Bennison, G.M., Olver, P.A. and Moseley, K.A., 2003. An Introduction to Geological Structures and Maps (8 th edition). Hodder Education, 184 pages. This includes a lot of structure contour exercises, and is the best practical manual for maps and structure part of the course. Older editions are also useful.

· Collinson, J.C., Mountney, N.P. and Thompson, D.B., 2006. Sedimentary Structures (3 rd edition). Terra Publications, 292 pages (£25). This is the recommended text for the Sedimentology part of the module and many of the images used in the lectures and practical class exercises are taken from this book. It is also useful for Year 2 and 3 modules.

· Grotzinger, J. and Jordan, T., 2010. Understanding earth (6 th edition). W.H. Freeman and Co. Ltd., New York, 680 pages. This has gone through several recent editions, and is a successor to “Earth” above. It provides a more up-to-date account but is less detailed in some important areas. A fine introductory text. Note that the 3rd edition (authored by Press & Siever only) and the 4th edition (by Press, Siever, Grotzinger & Jordan) are just as good for the Geological Materials part of the module.

· MacKenzie, W.S. and Adams, A.E., 1994. A colour atlas of rocks and minerals in thin section. Manson Publishing, 192 pages. This book provides a graphical depiction of a range of common rocks and minerals seen in thin section. It is essential for the Geological Materials part of the module.   

· Marshak, S., 2007. Earth: Portrait of a Planet (3 rd edition). W. W. Norton and Co., 2008. New York & London, 748 pages. This is an up-to-date and well illustrated book covering most aspects of the course, and also quite useful for structural geology. The 2 nd edition from 2005 is also good.

· Park, R.G., 1997. Foundations of Structural Geology (3 rd edition). Routledge, London, 216 pages. Good reference, including some material at a more advanced level than that covered in SOEE 1600.

· Press, F. Siever, R. and Freeman, W.H., 1986. Earth (4 th edition). W.H. Freeman and Co. Ltd., New York, 656 pages. A highly readable and expansive text. Some aspects are slightly dated but the overall philosophy – whereby theories, observations and processes are presented in an accessible and chatty fashion – is commendable. The book is pitched at an appropriate level, even for those without a strong science or mathematical background. About 40% of the book is directly relevant to Dynamic Earth. The rest has varying use on this and other modules in Earth Sciences.

· Tucker, M.E., 2001. Sedimentary Petrology (3 rd edition), Blackwell Science, Oxford, 272 pages (£32). This is useful book for the Sedimentology part of the module and provides explanation of the various sedimentary rock types in considerable detail. It is also useful for Year 2 and 3 modules.

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· Adams, A.E., MacKenzie, W.S. and Guilford, C., 1984. Atlas of sedimentary rocks under the microscope, Longman.

· Brown, G.C. and Mussett, A.E. 1993. The Inaccessible Earth (2 nd edition). Chapman & Hall, London, 276 pages. Although a fairly advanced text this is readable and the majority is accessible to first year students. Highly relevant to second year geophysics courses.

· Lindholm, R., 1987. A practical approach to sedimentology, Kluwer Academic. Provides a clear explanation of commonly used techniques in sedimentology.

· Nichols, G., 2009. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Wiley-Blackwell. A basic overview of all the common aspects of sedimentology.

· Stow, D.A.V., 2005. Sedimentary rocks in the field : a colour guide. Manson Publishing. An illustrated guide depicting many types of sedimentary rocks.

· Davies, G.F. 1999. Dynamic earth : plates, plumes and mantle convection. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 472 pages. An advanced text that is directed at final year undergraduates. However, it is the only current account of modern views and data concerning whole-earth tectonics. It is well-written and has large sections that are accessible to first year students.

· Brown, G.C., Hawkesworth, C.J. and Wilson, R.C.L. (1992). Understanding the Earth. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 564 pages. An excellent collection of essays on a wide range of earth science topics.

This list was last updated on 10/07/2017