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Chondrites are the largest group of meteorites. They can provide unique insights into the origins and early evolution of our solar system, and even into the relationships between our solar system and other stars in the vicinity of our Sun. The largest structural components of most chondrites are the glass-bearing chondrules, and there are numerous theories for their origin.
This clear and systematic text summarises the ideas surrounding the origin and history of chondrules and chondrites, drawing on research from the various scientific disciplines involved. With citations to every published paper on the topic, it forms a comprehensive bibliography of the latest research, and extensive illustrations provide a clear visual representation of the scientific theories.
"This text is an interesting addition to any library, and is suitable for students."
- The Observatory
"The book is very well illustrated with clear diagrams and illustrations that serve to enhance the text. The historical perspective and the comprehensive reference list are invaluable to researchers, as is in the index. While many professionals in the field might not agree with the author's conclusions (so what's new in chondrite research?), this book is an extremely useful addition to any library."
- Geological Magazine
1. Historical introduction
2. Potential meteorite parent bodies
3. Chondrites and their main properties
4. Chondrules and their main properties
5. Theories for the origin of chondrules
6. Discussion of theories for the origin of chondrules
7. Making the chondrites: chondrule sorting and metal-silicate fractionation
8. So how far have we come and where do we go next?
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Derek Sears is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas and Director of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Sciences.
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