Best Reference Books – Rock Physics

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Rock Physics subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Rock Physics along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Rock Physics subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Rock Physics" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Introduction to the Rock Physics” by G Yves and P Victor

“Introduction to the Rock Physics” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work introducing latest topics related to physics of rocks. The chapters are majorly based on physical properties of rocks as well as the mechanical, fluid flow, acoustical, electrical, dielectric, thermal, and magnetic properties. The physics of inhomogeneous media, medium theories, percolation, and fractals make this book a rich source of information. Each chapter ends with a bunch of problems and selective references. The earth-science applications of modern theories in rock physics are illustrated in this text. The book will be an asset for the students and researchers of civil, petroleum, and environmental engineering along with the geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, and other earth scientists interested in the physics of the earth.

2. “The Fracture of Rocks” by J L Bles and B Feuga
3. “Wave Propagation in Elastic solids” by J D Achenbach

“Wave Propagation in Elastic Solids” Book Review: The book aims at presenting the relevant information on linearized theory and perfectly elastic media related to wave propagation. The chapters of this book cover all the major topics related to one-dimensional motion of an elastic continuum, linearized theory of elasticity, elastodynamic theory, and elastic waves in an unbounded medium. The topics like half-spaces, harmonic waves in waveguides, forced motions of a half-space, transient waves in layers and rods, diffraction of waves by a slit, and rectangular coordinates thoroughly explained. The thermal and viscoelastic effects, effects of anisotropy and nonlinearity, approximate theories for rods, and transient in-plane motion of a layer are discussed in detail. The book will be suitable for the students and researchers interested in wave propagation in elastic solids.

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4. “The Rock Physics Handbook: Tools for Seismic Analysis of Porous Media” by Gary Mavko and Tapan Mukerji

“The Rock Physics Handbook: Tools for Seismic Analysis of Porous Media” Book Review: The book is an excellent blend of geophysical observations and the underlying physical properties of rocks. The chapters of this book cover statistical rock physics, velocity-porosity-clay models for clastic sediments, anisotropic seismic signatures, borehole waves, models for fractured media, poroelastic models, and attenuation models. It provides practical solutions to the problems faced in geophysical data interpretation with the help of background theory and laboratory results. The book consists of empirical results, data tables, and an atlas of reservoir rock properties. It will be useful for advanced students, university faculty, and petroleum industry geophysicists and engineers.

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5. “Quantitative Seismic Interpretation: Applying Rock Physics Tools to Reduce Interpretation Risk” by Per Avseth and Tapan Mukerji

“Quantitative Seismic Interpretation: Applying Rock Physics Tools to Reduce Interpretation Risk” Book Review: The book highlights the application of rock physics in predicting reservoir parameters, like lithologies and pore fluids, from seismically derived attributes. The chapters contain integrated methodology and practical tools for quantitative interpretation, uncertainty assessment, and characterization of subsurface reservoirs with the help of well-log and seismic data. The advantages of these new methodologies are clearly mentioned. For better understanding of the readers, many problem sets and a case-study is included in this text. This book will be a good resource for the graduate students, academics, and industry professionals active in the areas of petroleum geoscience and exploration seismology. It will be equally important for the environmental geophysicists.

6. “52 Things You Should Know about Rock Physics” by Matt Hall and Evan Bianco

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“52 Things You Should Know about Rock Physics” Book Review: The book is written for the geoscientists as well as the professionals involved in petroleum, mining, or geothermal exploration. All the important aspects of rock physics are covered in this text. The chapters of this book describe fitting models, frequency model, error in measurements, de-risking low-saturation gas, shear wave, mapping fractures, and scale-dependent measurements. The topics are poroelasticity, acoustic emission, isotropy, and anisotropy are thoroughly explained. The book also contains descriptions of physical phenomena from a mathematical point-of-view.

7. “Rock Physics and Geomechanics in the Study of Reservoir and Repositories” by C David

“Rock Physics and Geomechanics in the Study of Reservoir and Repositories” Book Review: The book focuses on the use of rock physics and geomechanics for dealing with important issues linked to reservoir management. The exploitation of natural resources as well as the safety assessment for hazardous waste storage in geological environments is addressed in this book. The chapters of this book revolve around hydromechanical coupling in fractured rocks, development of damaged zones during excavation, influence of temperature on the properties of shales, and poroelastic response of sandstones. The basic experiments in safety assessment of repositories, development and propagation of compaction bands in reservoir rocks, imaging techniques of geomaterials, mechanical behaviour of fractured rock masses, and petrophysical properties of fault zones are highlighted. The book will be useful for the academics and professionals working in geosciences.

8. “Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World” by Tom Zoellner

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“Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World” Book Review: The book is a self-contained and well-written text, presenting various aspects, roles, uses, and hazards of Uranium. The chapters of this book describe topics like scalding fruit, beginnings, bargain, apocalypse, rushes, rainbow serpant, instability, and renaissance in detail. The book concludes with a suitable epilogue. It highlights the possible impacts of uranium across the globe and portrays how uranium can sustain or destroy life. This text will be helpful for the individuals seeking knowledge about the mineral called uranium.

9. “Petroleum Geoscience: From Sedimentary Environments to Rock Physics” by Knut Bjørlykke

“Petroleum Geoscience: From Sedimentary Environments to Rock Physics” Book Review:The book is an updated and revised piece of work covering every major aspect of petroleum geosciences. The chapters of this book feature various geophysical methods and electromagnetic exploration methods, Reservoir modeling and production, unconventional resources, and practical petroleum exploration is also highlighted in this text. The topics like sandstones reservoirs, carbonate sediments, mudrocks, shales, silica, stratigraphy, heat transport, petroleum migration, well logging, and production geology are thoroughly explained. The book is illustrated with many well-labeled diagrams, figures, and graphs. The book will be a good resource for the students of environmental geology, engineering geology, and sedimentary geology. It will be equally important for geologists active in the petroleum industry.

10. “Rock Physics and Phase Relations: A Handbook of Physical Constants” by Thomas J Ahrens

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“Rock Physics and Phase Relations: A Handbook of Physical Constants” Book Review: The book aims at presenting thorough information on various topics, concepts, and methodologies underlying rock physics. The chapters of this book are well-structured, comprehensive, and describe each topic very efficiently. The book enables its readers to access critical data available in the field of rock physics. The book will be valuable for the professionals and students of solid Earth along with planetary geophysicists.

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