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The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections Fireballs, Falls and Finds

Edited By: GJH McCall, AJ Bowden and RJ Howarth
520 pages, b& photos, illus
The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections
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The book moves through the history of the great museum collections, the discovery of extraordinary fertile finds from cold and hot desert regions in the last fifty years. The revolution in meteoritics in the Space Age is described in the final chapters and an epilogue looks into the future.

This Special Publication has 24 papers with an international authorship, and is prefaced by an introductory overview which presents highlights in the field. The first section covers the acceptance by science of the reality of the falls of rock and metal from the sky, an account that takes the reader from BCE (before common era) to the nineteenth century. The second section details some of the world's most important collections in museums - their origins and development. The Smithsonian chapter also covers the astonishingly numerous finds in the cold desert of Antarctica by American search parties. There are also contributions covering the finds by Japanese parties in the Yamato mountains and the equally remarkable discoveries in the hot deserts of Australia, North Africa, Oman and the USA. The other seven chapters take the reader through the revolution in scientific research on meteoritics in the later part of the twentieth century, including terrestrial impact cratering and extraordinary showers of glass from the sky; tektites, now known to be Earth-impact-sourced.

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Edited By: GJH McCall, AJ Bowden and RJ Howarth
520 pages, b& photos, illus
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