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Backscattered Scanning Electron Microscopy and Image Analysis of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks


  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521019743

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  • Backscattered Scanning Electron Microscopy (BSE) reveals the minerals, textures, and fabrics of sediments and rocks in much greater detail than is possible with conventional optical microscopy. Backscattered Scanning Electron Microscopy provides a concise summary of the BSE technique. This comprehensive guide uses abundant images to illustrate the type of information BSE yields and the application of the technique to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The authors review the use of this petrographic technique on all the major sedimentary rock types, including sediment grains, sandstones, shales, carbonate rocks, rock varnish, and glauconite. They also describe image analysis techniques that allow quantification of backscattered scanning electron microscope images and illustrate the potential applications of these methods. Heavily illustrated and lucidly written, this book will provide researchers and graduate students with the most current research on this important geological tool.

    • Lavishly illustrated with photographs of a wide range of rock types
    • An atlas of the kind of information that this technique provides
    • The only book on the subject
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the book is well written. It was edited by four authors who are experienced in this aspect of sedimentary petrology and well regarded by their peers, and it contains many clear, high-quality reproductions of SEM microphotographs. I am certainly glad to have in on my shelf, because it is a landmark in its field.' Jim Mazzullo, EOS

    ' … clearly and most authoritatively written.' Ultramicroscopy

    'It is a book that is as readable and useful for the undergraduate as it is for the long time researcher.' Phil Ingham, The Open University Geological Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521019743
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 207 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.763kg
    • contains: 163 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The nature of backscattered scanning electron images
    3. Sediment grains, weathering, and early diagenetic phenomena
    4. Sandstones
    5. Shales
    6. Carbonates
    7. Desert (rock) varnish
    8. Glauconite
    9. Image processing and image analysis.

  • Authors

    David H. Krinsley, University of Oregon

    Kenneth Pye, University of Reading
    Professor Ken Pye is an internationally renowned geomorphologist and sedimentologist who is the author or co-author of numerous books and journal articles. In addition to his current role as Director of Kenneth Pye Associates Ltd he has held academic appointments at the universities of Cambridge, Reading and Royal Holloway, London. Currently he is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Southampton. His books include Aeolian Dust and Dust Deposits (1987), Aeolian Sand and Sand Dunes (2009), Saltmarshes (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and Sediment Transport and Depositional Processes (1994).

    Sam Boggs, Jr, University of Oregon

    N. Keith Tovey, University of East Anglia

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