Groundwater Science 2nd Edition
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"The 2nd edition of Groundwater Science by Charles R.Fitts includes a wealth of new and updated materials both in the book and on the web…Fitts’ book is excellently written for use in an introductory groundwater course, particularly at the undergraduate level." --Groundwater, September–October 2013
Praise for the first edition: "Groundwater Science would serve well as the text for an introductory groundwater course...The graphics are crisp and explanatory. Data sets needed to work some of the problems in the book are available as text files from the book's Web Site...I found these files to be complete and easy to understand. The references are up to date...concise, well-written, and well-illustrated..." --Sean A. McKenna, Sanda National Labs, EOS TRANSACTIONS, July 2003
"Groundwater Science is presented in a clear, logical manner, with attractive, effective typeset, and crisp diagrams...I strongly endorse this book for those entering the world of groundwater science for the first time." --David Sharpe, Geological Survey of Canada Episodes, December 2002
"The writing is clear and accurate without being wordy... The figures, references, and indexing are also well done. The references include both classics and recent papers, with broad coverage...It's not easy to do so many topics well, but Fitts' book succeeds." --Laura Toran, for GROUND WATER, 2003
"Fitts takes a decidedly lean and focused approach to the subject. The figures have a crisp and uncluttered look to them. The writing and presentation is clear and economical. Fitts stresses concepts over formal development, avoiding derivations and mathematics where possible. I found his approach to be very effective, and expect it would appeal to the learning style of most students who need to first establish a simple, concrete foundation, supported by their own intuition, before they can abstract concepts in mathematical expressions...Groundwater Science is a good text for an introductory course in groundwater." --Roger Beckie, University of British Columbia, for VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL, November 2003
"This text should find a suitable market in ground water science, especially with those instructors who prefer more mathematical or engineering perspectives to the subject. Although the text stresses mathematical modeling and contaminant flow, the overall balance provided by the geological perspective from Chapter 4 makes it a suitable choice for any instructor needing a comprehensive, visually appealing, well organized, and well supported textbook on ground water." --Robert A. Vargo, Department of Earth Science, California University, for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association
A top-ranking textbook that introduces groundwater’s role in the hydrologic cycle and in water supply, contamination, and construction issues, with wide specific applicability and examples derived from and relevant to the geosciences
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But the book as many more chapters (12) and most of the book is about applied hydrogeology from an engineer point of view (the author is an engineer) with experience in site remediation and groundwater pollution, I understand, and going through all the necessary chapters which cover (sometimes quickly) all relevant aspects of, yes, the book's title says it, "Groundwater Science" : so field exploration, quantitative hydrogeology, pumping test, hydrology, modelling, one can only name it. You want to know one or two ways how to measure a river flow for instance? You get it (Chapter 5.2, Surface Water Hydrology, page 132;). I was surprised to see also a generous chapter on slug test exclusively which was "distilled" (p.307, ch.8) from a famous book on the topic, state of the art so to say. This is in the end what made me consider what this book is all about: a distillation of all knowledge about and around groundwater. Or better, again, yes, Groundwater Science. And there is even a chapter (12), the last one, about "Subsurface Heat Flow and Geothermal Energy".
Each chapter of the book has got examples and exercises within the text and at the end of the chapter (with solutions for parts of the exercises at the end of the book for the latter). For time reasons, I could only check some of the problems in Chapter 2 and 3 and found the exercises ok but a bit too quickly explained and solved which was the same approach for the exercises within the text of the chapters.
With the book, comes a companion website which should be enriched with more materials in my opinion (for instance there are no videos, nor links, nor else for chapter 2, "Physical properties", including hydrostatic) and other chapters could be richer in content, too.
In the end, I think that this book is for an advanced beginner or a professional in need for a quick overview of a topic. Above all, the book is excellent at giving key reference texts and papers. The author knows probably everything relevant which has been done and written in the field and he is a guide to look at. However, the book is not always easy if the subject is completely new or, alternatively, one will tend to consider reading the reference material as well for a deeper understanding.
I gave three stars because of that. I cannot recommend this book to a total beginner (the classic Fetter's "Applied Hydrogeology" or Freeze et al. "Groundwater" are probably better), and an expert professional will probably rather consult a book on a specific topic (e.g. Batu's "Aquifer Hydraulics") or read fundamental scientific articles. The book is very good for expanding one's knowledge in a single attempt. After all it can easily be carried around and read through with real pleasure because it is graphically appealing, dense and concise.