Mirko asked me today what books I would recommend in the “hydrogeology – area”. This is a relatively broad area. However, I thought it might be useful to some of you to write up a list of books that I remember I found useful when studying hydrogeology at a Masters level.
Applied Hydrogeology by Fetter (2001) This is the book I learned most of my physical hydrogeology from. It’s ok.
This is a classic. No doubt. I think it’s really well written. There are lot’s of stories circulating about page 29, but hey, what a great page. Please note, that the cover is upside down… Most importantly I like the clearness in its style.
also by Fetter, there’s a book Contaminant Hydrogeology (1998). I’ve neither used it nor do I own it, but people tell me it’s ok.
When I learned contaminant hydrogeology, I guess I used a combination of three books: “Geochemistry, Groundwater and Pollution” by Appelo and Postma (2005), “Aquatic Chemistry: Chemical Equilibria and Rates in Natural Waters” by Stumm and Morgan (1995) and “Dense Chlorinated Solvents” edited by Pankow and Cherry (1996)”.
For the unsaturated zone I can highly recommend “Environmental Soil Physics: Fundamentals, Applications, and Environmental Considerations: Fundamentals, Applications and Environmental Considerations” by Hillel (1996) – very simple and “to the point” explanations! Another recommendation, however I don’t think you can get it anymore, is “Mechanics of heterogeneous fluids in porous media” by Corey (1977). “Corey” as in Brooks-Corey relationship.
On the practical side, I can recommend the legendary “Groundwater and Wells” by Driscoll (1986) (as a reference), “Analysis and Evaluation of Pumping Test Data” by Kruseman and de Ridder (1990) for hydraulic aquifer analyses, as well as for general field-work (as a useful reminder for things not to forget): “Manual of Applied Field Hydrogeology” by Weight and Sonderegger (2000)
After having taken the short course that I keep mentioning, I turned into a big fan of “Dynamics of Fluids in Porous Media” by Jacob Bear (1972). Jacob Bear has also noteworthy other books, and “Modeling Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport (Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media)” to be released in October.
There are a variety of modelling-related books, but I’ll cover those the next time!