Bathurst, R. G. C., 1975, Carbonate Sediments and Their Diagenesis: New York, Elsevier Science Publ. Co., 658 p.
This classic influential carbonate contribution became a fundamental text that has influenced all aspects of carbonate research and specifically diagenesis.
Flugel, E., 2004, Microfacies of Carbonate Rocks: Heidelberg, Springer, 976 p.
This book, like the earlier version, is an irreplaceable contribution to understanding carbonate microfacies through time linked to the depositional environment, which is the basis of interpreting carbonate rocks. It is characterised by a level of detail of unmatched quality.
James, N. P. and J. D. A. Clarke, eds., 1997, Cool-Water Carbonates: SEPM Special Publication 56, 440p.
This volume provides a critical synthesis of modern non-tropical carbonate settings with examples, as well as a wide variety of additional examples from the geological record.
Moore, C. H. (various editions including with Wade, W., 2013), Carbonate reservoirs: porosity and diagenesis in a stratigraphic framework, New York, Elsevier Scientific Publ. Co., 392 p.
This book, in its various editions, has been the main text for applied carbonate sedimentology for more than a generation. The integration of reservoir case studies supported by clear exposition of the chemical controls on porosity formation have made this book an invaluable contribution to reservoir studies.
Morse, J. W., and F. T. Mackenzie, 1990, Geochemistry of Sedimentary Carbonates: New York, Elsevier Scientific Publ. Co., 696 p.
This book provides an essential knowledge of the chemical processes resulting in carbonate sediment formation and diagenetic transformation within the global framework of the ocean carbonate reservoir and global carbon cycle.
Purser, B. H., ed., 1973, The Persian Gulf: Holocene carbonate sedimentation and diagenesis in a shallow epicontinental sea: Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, 471 p.
This book provided an important counter-point to studies of the Florida-Caribbean carbonate province and focussed on the Holocene sediments, depositional facies and diagenesis of the Persian Gulf arid zone ramp. In doing so it provided a key to understanding large sections of the geological record.
Schlager, W., 2005, Carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy: SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology, v. 8, 200 p.
Schlager provided here what could be seen as the first modern synthesis integrating, via a quantitative approach, the key controls on carbonate deposition with the main carbonate factories, linking to sequence stratigraphic and seismic stratigraphic aspects.
Scholle, P.A., D. G. Bebout, and C. H Moore, eds., 1983, Carbonate Depositional Environments: AAPG Memoir 33, 708 p.
A well-illustrated overview of the spectrum of carbonate depositional environments and aspects of their diagenesis, which proved to be invaluable as a starting point for characterizing and interpreting carbonates. View the first chapter or buy it from the AAPG Store.
Tucker, M. W. & V. P. Wright, 1990, Carbonate Sedimentology: Oxford, Wiley, 482 p.
This book has been an essential contribution providing an advanced introduction to carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis, supported by a wealth of case studies from the geological record from marine to lacustrine settings.
Wilson, J. L., 1975, Carbonate Facies in Geologic History: New York, Springer Verlag, 471 p.
Wilson's historical review of age specific variations in the carbonate rock record became a critical text for several generations of sedimentologists. It was a landmark book greatly influencing subsequent research and complementing Bathurst's book on environments and diagenesis.