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Meteorites: A Petrologic, Chemical, and Isotopic Synthesis

Series: Cambridge Planetary Science Volume: 2

By: Robert Hutchison

478 pages, 130 illus, 49 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2007 | #165635 | ISBN-13: 9780521035392
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #146100 | ISBN: 0521470102
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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


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The chondrites: chemistry and classification; 3. The components of chondrites; 4. Petrography of the chondrites I: carbonaceous chondrites; 5. Petrography of the chondrites II: non-carbonaceous chondrites; 6. Time in the evolution of chondrites; 7. Origin of chondrites and their components; 8. Differentiated meteorites I: primitive achondrites, ureilites and aubrites; 9. Differentiated meteorites II: asteroidal, lunar and Martian basaltic meteorites; 10. Differentiated meteorites III: iron and stony iron meteorites; 11. Parent body processes and petrogenetic associations; 12. Origin of Solar System planets: a meteoriticist s view; Glossary; Bibliography; Index of meteorite names; General index.

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Robert Hutchison is a retired research scientist and curator of meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London.

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