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This description of sedimentologic techniques by G. Müller is the
first part of a treatise in which the authors attempt to summarize
present knowledge of sedimentary rocks. They will emphasize the
physico-chemical nature of the processes of sediment formation and the
mineralogical nature of sedimentary material.
It seems advisable to begin this task by first dealing with all important observational methods that are known today in the field of sedimentology. Only one who knows these methods well can critically evaluate and apply their results to the formation and diagenesis of sediments.
The second part, in which all three authors participate, will begin with a general chapter on the origin of sediments, in which weathering, transportation, deposition, crystallization, and diagenesis will be discussed. Then the main groups of sedimentary rocks, such as conglomerates, sandstones, siltstones, shales, and carbonate rocks, will be discussed individually, as well as rocks formed under special conditions. Finally a chapter on the equilibrium and movement of pore-filling material is planned, as well as one on geochemical questions. Also, im portant technical and geophysical properties of sedimentary rocks will be briefly discussed.