About the Book
This revised edition is the outcome of the need of the latest information of geological research developed in last five years. In revising this book, author has departed somewhat widely from the prevailing order of treatment in current texts. Instead of beginning with the destruction of rocks, it has seemed more logical to give the student some knowledge of the rocks to be destroyed, and of their character and origin. Instead of treating clastic rocks first and igneous and other non-clastic rocks later, it has seemed more desirable to begin with those rocks from which clastic are largely derived, before dealing with the clastics themselves. Seventeen years of teaching experience has convinced him that the average student admitted to courses in geology receives too little instruction in minerals. Although we generally recommend mineralogy as a desirable prerequisite, few teachers can insist upon a preparation in this subject on the part of the student. Author has taken special pain to correct all major and minor mistakes and incorporated all necessary suggestions and comments of the readers in second edition. The material presented here would be of interest as well as great use to the students, research scholars and teachers of geology.
After passing M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Rajasthan in the year 1978, S.B. Bhagwat completed his Ph.D. from the University of Rajasthan in 1982 on the topic “Geology of Major Lead-Zinc Deposits of Rajasthan”. For one and half Years, he was a Post Doctoral Fellow under DAAD at the University of Heidelberg, West Germany, during the years 1986-1987. Dr. Bhagwat has 21 years of research experience and 17 years experience of teaching the graduate and post graduate classes and M.Sc. Tech. in different universities in India and abroad. He got training in various techniques related to researches in Ore Geology, Mineralogy and methods in the Chemical Analysis of rocks and minerals at the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, West Germany. He is expert, in Ore Geology, Economic Geology and Ground Water Geology. He has 3 and 1/2 years experience in carrying out prospecting of ground water, erection of tube wells, hydro-geological surveys and researches connected with the ground water problems. He has visited Earth Science Departments and various laboratories in Germany, England, France and Belgium. Presently he is working in Illinois State Geological Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois as senior research fellow.