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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites

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By: O Richard Norton

354 pages, 174 col plates, figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Mar 2002 | #131555 | ISBN: 0521621437
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Well illustrated introduction to the various classes of meteorite, discussing their internal structure, source and formation.

'This is a beautiful, substantial, glossy book that comprehensively discusses the major issues in meteorites and cosmochemistry. The superb pictures are of high quality and made up of artwork as well as diagrams and photographs. The subject matter is very complete, and covers the effects of impacts, the history of meteorites, and how to recognize meteorites in the field ! As a work to inspire and interest, it works magnificently.' Sara Russell, The Observatory '! splendid encyclopaedia ! excellent value and is highly recommended.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight '! a thorough guide to extraterrestrial rocks.' Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin 'Norton deftly navigates the turbid waters of our current meteorite classification system making these 100-plus pages alone worth the price of the book. Scores of colour illustrations grace every one of the 12 chapters, to the point that this encyclopedia could masquerade as a coffee-table book showcasing the beautiful meteorites of the world. ! History has been made in meteorite literature, and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites deserves the same shelf presence as the famous Catalogue of Meteorites.' Martin G. Horejsi, Earth, Moon and Planets 'Norton ably demonstrates his competent grip of this field ! this is an encyclopedia for budding and accomplished enthusiasts who wish for an authoritative reference that includes the latest research in a steadily burgeoning subject ! definitely recommended' Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now '[the] illustrations - over 150 of them in colour - are not just aesthetically stunning, but very instructive too ! if you are fascinated by meteorites, then this book is well worth having ! the illustrations are a delight.' John Saxton, J. Br. Astron. Association 'Twelve packed chapters crammed with stunning illustrations present the origin, structure and classification of meteoric material ! This is an encyclopedia for budding and accomplished enthusiasts who wish for an authoritative reference that includes the latest research in a steadily burgeoning subject.' Sky & Telescope 'There is not much anyone would want to know about meteorites that is missing from this book.' Popular Astronomy '!this book is the complete illustrated reference work for anyone interested in the subject of meteorites.' Astronomy & Space 'If you harbour an interest in astronomy alongside that of geology then you are bound to find this book fascinating. If your interest is solely geology then you should make a point of reading this book, it will broaden your horizons.' Open University Geological Society Journal


Foreword; 1. Cosmic dust - interplanetary dust particles; 2. The fall of meteorites; 3. External morphology of meteorites; 4. Classification of meteorites: a historical viewpoint; 5. Primitive meteorites: the chondrites; 6. Chondrites: a closer look; 7. Primitive meteorites: the carbonaceous chondrites; 8. Differentiated meteorites: the achondrites; 9. Differentiated meteorites: irons and stony-irons; 10. Meteorites and the early solar system; 11. Asteroid parent bodies; 12. Terrestrial impact craters; Appendices.

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Since earning a degree in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1960, O. Richard Norton has held directorial positions at the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, the Max C. Fleischmann Planetarium, University of Nevada, Reno, and the Grace H. Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center, University of Arizona, Tucson. He has worked as an optical engineer on the design of optical telescopes at the Tinsley Laboratories, Berkeley, California, and the hemispheric projection system for the Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, the forerunner of the modern Imax system. In 1977 he founded Science Graphics, a company producing science teaching slides in astronomy, space science, meteorites, geology, paleontology and the history of astronomy, used in the science teaching curricula of over 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States and further afield. His interest in meteoritics extends from his work with Frederick C. Leonard, a renowned early meteoriticist at UCLA. Through the years he has worked to promote the public understanding of science and especially the growing field of meteoritics. He is the author of the best selling book Rocks From Space (1994) and is currently Contributing Editor of the new popular journal Meteorite.

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