This carefully targeted and rigorous new textbook introduces engineering students to the fundamental principles of applied Earth science, highlighting how modern soil and rock mechanics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, seismology and environmental geochemistry affect geotechnical and environmental practice. Key geological topics of engineering relevance including soils and sediments, rocks, groundwater, and geologic hazards are presented in an accessible and engaging way. A broad range of international case studies add real-world context, and demonstrate practical applications in field and laboratory settings to guide site characterization. End-of-chapter problems are included for self-study and evaluation, and supplementary online materials include electronic figures, additional examples, solutions, and guidance on useful software. Featuring a detailed glossary introducing key terminology, this text requires no prior geological training and is essential reading for senior undergraduate or graduate students in civil, geological, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. It is also a useful reference and bridge for Earth science graduates embarking on engineering geology courses.
Earth Science for Civil and Environmental Engineers
1. Introduction; Part I. Rocks as Engineering Materials: 2. The structure and composition of the Earth; 3. Geological structures and maps; 4. Rock mechanics; 5. Characterization of rocks and rock masses; Part II. Soils and Sediments: 6. Terrain evolution and analysis; 7. Environmental geochemistry and mineralogy; 8. Glacial sediments and permafrost; 9. Fluvial processes and sediments; 10. Characterization of soils and sediments; Part III. Groundwater: 11. Hydrogeology; 12. Groundwater quality and contamination; 13. Land subsidence and karst; Part IV. Geological Hazards: 14. Seismicity and earthquakes; 15. Landslides and the stability of slopes; 16. Coastal hazards.