This advanced yet succinct introduction provides a classification of meteorites, and discusses their ages and origin. It considers the mechanism and timing of core formation and basaltic volcanism on asteroids, and the effects of heating water-rich bodies. Results from meteorite research are placed in a galactic setting, and a theory is proposed for the origin of the planets of our Solar System.
'Graduate students and researchers with geologic training will find Meteorites an invaluable reference for concise distillations of the essential properties of each meteorite group. ... This book pays appropriate homage to the extraordinary treasure trove that falls out of the sky and into our laboratories.' Rhian Jones, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico 'Hutchison's book will serve as an invaluable reference for anyone wanting to understand the diversity of meteorites.' Geological Magazine
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