112 pages, 100 col photos, maps, diags
Meteorites are rocks from space that have fallen to the Earth's surface. Once considered bad omens, they are now recognised as giving us a unique insight into the nature of material that was present at the formation of the solar system. In "Meteorites", leading experts from the Natural History Museum, London provide a compelling and up-to-date introduction to these mysterious objects. They reveal what meteorites are, where they are most likely to be found and the environments which allow this, and the type of parent bodies that they come from.
The book contains all the latest information on key meteorite falls and considers some of the big questions relating to the study of meteorites that still remain. With a mix of photographs, diagrams and maps, "Meteorites" is essential reading for all those with an interest in these intriguing objects and the history of our solar system.
This new book from the Natural History Museum does a great job of introducing the science of meteoritics...this is accompanied by a wonderful selection of vivid imagery...the authors do well to cover so much ground in such a thin volume and manage to skilfully capture the fascination that the subject inspires. BBC Sky at Night magazine "Meteorites provides a jargon-free introduction to these Rosetta stones of the Solar System...the book has a really modern feel to it; it is well illustrated with clear diagrams and plentiful crisp photographs of real meteorites that bring to life what is being said in the text...this book makes an excellent introductory text for someone who has no prior knowledge of meteorites and is looking for a basic grounding in the subject." Astronomy Now
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The book is a collaboration by experts at the Natural History Museum, London. Dr Caroline Smith is the Curator of Meteorites in the Mineralogy Department. Dr Sara Russell is the Head of Meteoritics and Cosmic Mineralogy in the Mineralogy Department. Dr Gretchen Benedix works as a researcher in the Mineralogy Department.