Hardcover: 691 pages
Publisher: Prentice-Hall; 3rd edition (1994)
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 1.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #127,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #21 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Civil & Environmental > Hydrology #156 in Books > Science & Math > Earth Sciences > Geology #238 in Books > Textbooks > Science & Mathematics > Earth Sciences
I'm a lawyer with a background in physics, but none in hydrology. I got involved in water law and needed to understand what the hydrologists were saying. I was able to read this book and follow the development with little difficulty. I found that it addressed all the topics and used the same terminology and methodology that the hydrologists and modelers were using. It's hard to find references this useful and I recommend it highly.
I was very happy to use this text throughout my course on Hydrogeology. The verbage was succinct, the problems were applicable and well-complimented with the website for explanations, and the chapter reviews were impendious. At the end of each chapter, Fetter cocnluded with a detail of symbols; which I found to be a nice touch. Often an author uses a symbol once and expects the reader to always retain its significance, which is an unreal circumstance. The case studies were necessary to hammer home a concept! They were well-written and facilitated the goal of explaining a hydrogeological problem, and a solution.The typographical errors of the first edition were corrected in this edition.I recommend this text to all aspiring earth scientists.
I have the 3rd edition which I purchased in 1995 and although I enjoy the subject matter and use this book as a reference, I am still finding errors and making corrections to the textbook (typos in both text and problem sets). Someone should have paid closer attention to detail prior to submission to the publisher. I was going to get the 4th addition to add to my personal library, hoping there would be no errors. However, after a few minutes of research on the internet I found out that there are still errors in the 4th addition. However, the author does have a webpage with corrections posted. I wouldn't recommend this text to anyone unless they have time and are willing to go through the text to make the corrections. There are other texts in print covering the same subject matter with fewer or no errors.
All the basics are here in this book I used this as a companion to go with my class assigned book and ended up using it in my job as well. One of the software packages we were looking at uses examples directly out of the Fetter in their software so having this book helped me test the software which was an added bonus.
Very technical and empirical in its approach. I found it useful for the class and the FE review. It may or may not make it to the PE as a reference. We'll see. I am taking the Civil PE: Structural in April, will need Hydraulics for the morning part.
This was among the better of the required texts I needed in college. It is well organized and the examples are thorough and there are enough of them to answer questions. Two years after graduation I am noting, many of my colleagues have this book and feel the same way about it that I do .
The author does a decent job to explain many aspects of how to apply hydrogeology. Many equations are explained, and the example problems are really helpful. Odd problems at the end of the chapters have solutions at the back of the book, but it would be great if step-by-step solutions were shown.
I found this book the easiest to read, compaired to a few other groundwater textbooks out there. It concentrates on the practical applications as opposed to formula derivations.
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