The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites

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Norton (contributing editor of the journal Meteorite reviews the research on the origins, impacts, morphology, and composition of meteorites that fall to earth. He classifies the different types of meteors and separately examines their composition and possible reasons that composition. The different types of technologies used to investigate meteorites are explained, from thin sectional analysis to methods that probe the atomic structures of meteorites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Everything you need to know about meteorites, superbly illustrated in full colour.
In recent years, meteorites have caught the imagination of scientist and collector alike. An army of people are now actively searching for them in the hot and cold deserts of Earth. Fascinating extraterrestrial rocks in meteorites are our only contact with materials from beyond the Earth-Moon system. Using well known petrologic techniques, O. Richard Norton reveals in vivid color their extraordinary external and internal structures and taking readers to the atomic level, describes the environment within the solar nebula that existed before the planets accreted. Extensively illustrated, this volume is a valuable guide to assist searchers in the field in recognizing the many classes of meteorites and it is a superb reference source for students, teachers and scientists who wish to probe deeper these amazing rocks from space. O. Richard Norton is a contributing editor for Meteorite magazine and the author of The Planetarium and Atmospherium and Rocks from Space (Mountain Press, 1998). For the last 40 years, he has taught astronomy and space sciences at various US institutions.

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780521621434
Branch Call Number: 523.5103 NOR REF
523.5103 NOR
Characteristics: xx, 354 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Meteorites


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