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Rocks from space : meteorites and meteorite hunters
Norton, O. Richard.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub., 1998.
Physical Description:
xi, 447 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 1994.
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QB755 .N67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This popular guide to cosmic debris introduces the fascinating world of meteorites, asteroids, comets and impact craters. With more than 50 new photographs and updated illustrations, new and expanded appendixes, and some fun cosmic humor.

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Booklist Review

Astronomy abounds with amateurs, and the easiest entree to the hobby is meteor watching. Anyone can see a few shooting stars on any night. For nighthawks and insomniacs, then, Norton offers this quaint miscellany crammed with facts and stories about extraterrestrial rocks, along with 200 photos. "Falls," as Norton calls the pieces that reach the ground, exert great scientific interest, so he describes past expeditions to collect them and examine the ancient craters they gouged out. Meteoriticist H. H. Nininger was one such explorer, and his life, which culminated in running a commercial meteor museum, illustrates the obsessive enthusiasm the hobby can induce. Although a field book might be more authoritative, Norton's tome will help slake the curiosity and worries that surround cosmic collisions, especially so soon after a comet hit Jupiter last month. ~--Gilbert Taylor

Choice Review

Norton (Central Oregon Community College) is an active writer and publisher in astronomy with a varied background in the discipline, especially in meteoritics. His book contains a wealth of information directed toward laypersons interested in meteoritics. Contents include sections devoted to meteorite falls, finds, and craters in addition to descriptions of meteorites, how they are classified, their origins, and what they are. Also of interest is a section on the history of meteoritics and the prominent personalities associated with the science. Appendixes include lists of laboratories, dealers, and known impact craters in addition to simple tests to verify suspected specimens and etching methods to bring out Widmanst"atten figures. Located at the back of the book is a glossary of words and terms, a general index, and an index of meteorites mentioned in the book. The bibliography is divided into general references, advanced references, and technical papers and articles. Extensive illustrations include many fine black-and-white and color photos, line drawings, and figures. Recommended. General readers through lower-division undergraduate students. B. D. Dod; Mercer University