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The Impact of Soil Erosion in the Upper Blue Nile on Downstream Reservoir Sedimentation

Yasir Salih Ahmed Ali
December 09, 2014

Population growth in the Blue Nile Basin has led to fast land-use changes from forest to agricultural land, which resulted in speeding up the soil erosion processes producing highly negative impacts on the local soil fertility and agricultural productivity. The eroded sediment is transported...

A Key for Identification of Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section

Andrew J. Barker
November 21, 2014

Structured in the form of a dichotomous key, comparable to those widely used in botany, the mineral key provides an efficient and systematic approach to identifying rock-forming minerals in thin-section. This unique approach covers 150+ of the most commonly encountered rock-forming minerals, plus a...

A Pictorial Guide to Metamorphic Rocks in the Field

Kurt Hollocher
November 21, 2014

This book is an illustrative introduction to metamorphic rocks as seen in the field, designed for advanced high school to graduate-level earth science and geology students to jump-start their observational skills. In addition to photographs of rocks in the field, there are numerous line diagrams...

Planetary Geodesy and Remote Sensing

Shuanggen Jin
October 22, 2014

Although lunar exploration began in the 1960s, the moon and other planets have many long-standing, unanswered questions about planetary environments, origin, formation and evolution, magnetization of crustal rocks, internal structure, and possible life. However, with the recent development of...

Logging the Chalk

Rory N. Mortimore
October 13, 2014

Chalk has proved to be one of the more difficult rocks to corelog as it breaks up readily during the drilling process leading to core-loss and destructuring, particularly where flints, nodular chalks, and/or fractures are present. One of the greatest difficulties is the identification of chalk...

Progressive Technologies of Coal, Coalbed Methane, and Ores Mining

Volodymyr Bondarenko, Iryna Kovalevs'ka, Kostiantyn Ganushevych
August 11, 2014

Presenting new technologies in underground coal extraction, with special attention to mine galleries support and maintenance, load mechanism of "massif-support system-safety system" systems, analysis of face equipment for thin coal seams mining and substantiation of rational stoping parameters....

Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry of Light Gas-Forming Elements

V.S. Sevastyanov
July 25, 2014

Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry of Light Gas-Forming Elements explores different methods of isotope analysis, including spark, secondary ion, laser, glow discharge, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry. It explains how to evaluate the isotopic composition of light elements (H, C, N, O) in solid,...

Calcium and Magnesium in Groundwater: Occurrence and Significance for Human Health

Lidia Razowska-Jaworek
June 17, 2014

Calcium and magnesium are abundant in groundwater, but the role of groundwater as the essential source of these important nutrients is very often neglected. Hydrogeochemical studies have focused mainly on the distribution and behaviour of constituents that cause deterioration of water quality, such...

Geoinformation: Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems, Second Edition

Gottfried Konecny
April 23, 2014

Written by a renowned expert, Geoinformation: Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems, Second Edition gives you an overarching view of how remote sensing, photogrammetry, and geographic information systems work together in an interdisciplinary manner. The book presents the...

Geothermal Systems and Energy Resources: Turkey and Greece

Alper Baba, Jochen Bundschuh, D. Chandrasekharam
March 07, 2014

In the region comprising Turkey and Greece, people have been using water from geothermal sources for bathing and washing of clothes since ancient times. This region falls within the Alpine-Himalayan orogenic belt and hence is a locus of active volcanism and tectonism and experiences frequent...

Geotechnics of Organic Soils and Peat

Bujang B.K. Huat, Arun Prasad, Afshin Asadi, Sina Kazemian
February 18, 2014

Peat and organic soils commonly occur as extremely soft, wet, unconsolidated surficial deposits that are an integral part of wetland systems. These types of soils can give rise to geotechnical problems in the area of sampling, settlement, stability, in situ testing, stabilisation and construction....

GlobalSoilMap: Basis of the global spatial soil information system

Dominique Arrouays, Neil McKenzie, Jon Hempel, Anne Richer de Forges, Alex B. McBratney
January 27, 2014

GlobalSoilMap: Basis of the global spatial soil information system contains contributions that were presented at the 1st GlobalSoilMap conference, held 7-9 October 2013 in Orléans, France. These contributions demonstrate the latest developments in the GlobalSoilMap project and digital soil mapping...