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Engineering Geology: An Environmental Approach, 2nd Edition

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Engineering Geology: An Environmental Approach, 2nd Edition


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  • Won 2 prestigious awards!
  • Student and environmentally oriented. Pg.___
  • Uses the Manning Equation to reveal how FEMA's 100-year flood criteria is utilized. Pg.___
  • Seismograms are used to solve examples and earthquake magnitude is defined. Pg.___
  • Several earthquakes illustrate the role of superficial deposits for hazard identification. Pg.___
  • Uses storage coefficients from pump tests and examples of selection of transmissivity to predict future drawdown from a pumping well. Pg.___
  • Explains geomorphology of barrier islands and reasons for their erosion. Pg.___
  • Explains quantitative methods for lab subsidence due to groundwater withdrawals. Pg.___


  • Copyright 1997
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9 1/4
  • Pages: 657
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-177403-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-177403-2


This book offers advanced geology students an in-depth, quantitative approach to environmental engineering, with a special emphasis on the recognition and avoidance of geologic hazards. Drawing on real-life examples, the book handles:

  • Rock and soil mechanics, including slope stability and surficial deposits
  • Geophysical issues and earthquake hazards
  • Hydrological concerns, groundwater, and fluvial and coastal processes

More than 100 figures illustrate the concepts, and the author provides over 1,000 references.

This classic textbook has been completely revised and updated to include analyses of recent geologic disasters, including:

  • The Loma Prieta, Northridge, and Kobe earthquakes,
  • Hurricane Andrew
  • The Mississippi floods of 1993.

The first edition of Engineering Geology, released in 1986, has garnered broad praise and numerous awards, including:

The Claire P. Holdredge Award for the best publication of the year, given by the Association of Engineering Geologists in 1987, and The E.B. Burwell, Jr. Award for the best publication of the year, given by the Engineering Geology Division of the Geological Society of America.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 1. Population.

 2. Maps and Air Photos.

 3. Weathering.

 4. Rock Mechanics.

 5. Soil Mechanics.

 6. Mass Wasting.

 7. Ground Water.

 8. Land Subsidence.

 9. Coasts.

10. Earthquakes.

11. Geophysics.

12. Energy.

13. Mining.

14. Environmental Impacts.


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