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Comprehensive guide, written by a team of experts, with answers to all the basic questions such as: What are these strange rocks that fall from the sky? Where do they come from? Are they a threat? What are they made of? and How common are they?
1. The harder they fall C. Perron; 2. Stones fallen from the sky U. Marvin; 3. Impact craters P. Thomas; 4. Cretaceous Park R. Rocchia, E. Robin and H. Leroux; 5. Like no rock on Earth B. Zanda, M. Christophe Michel Levy, M. Bourot Denise and C. Caillet Komorowski; 6. Little planets D. Benest; 7. The Sound and the Fury J.-P. Bibring; 8. Signed carbon F. Robert, M. Festou and F. Raulin; 9. A stormy nebula R. Hewins; 10. The age of the solar system G. Manhes; 11. Galactic fossils E. Zinner; 12. Leafing through the past two centuries... P. Pellas; Glossary; Acknowledgements; Illustration credits.
Brigitte Zanda is Associate Professor at the Mineralogy Laboratory of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, and Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University. Following on from her PhD in Geochemistry, she has written many papers in Meteoritics and Planetary Science and other journals, and is a member of the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society. Monica Rotaru is Department Chief of Earth Sciences at the Palais de la decouverte in Paris, where she organises scientific exhibitions. After her PhD in geochemistry, she has conducted research in climatology and written television science documentaries.
"[...] a lavishly illustrated coffee-table type book written by experts in the field of meteorites, and covers all aspects of their study by scientists. it will appeal to those with a keen or only passing interest in the field, as the presentation is excellent and well laid out throughout. many of the illustrations are new or from unfamiliar sources, which will not have been seen before [...] an excellent read."
– Tony Ryan, Astronomy & Space
"[...] an exceptionally well illustrated text. The approach to the subject is distinctive and illuminating [...] a useful addition to the growing list of books on the subject of meteorites."
– Richard Taylor, Spaceflight
"Meteorites is a colourful and often engaging book which covers, at a fairly accessible level, a great deal of ground."
– Mark Garlick, Astronomy Now
"This book is one of the most lavishly illustrated texts on meteoritics that it has been my pleasure to read [...] [it] provides an excellent overview of the origin, nature, and significance of meteorites that is an easily accessible read for the interested public. I can also recommend its purchase to students of meteoritics, as a useful introduction to the field. It is also a valuable addition to the bookshelf of professional meterioriticists."
– Monica Grady, The Observatory