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Meteorites : their impact on science and history
Zanda, Brigitte.
Uniform Title:
Météorites. English.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Les météorites.

Based on an exhibition held at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in 1997.

Includes indexed glossary (p. 124-127).
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QB755 .M4713 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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What are these strange rocks that fall from the sky? Where do they come from? Are they a threat? What are they made of? How common are they? Throughout history, we have been fascinated by meteorites and their significance. As time has passed, we have learned more and more about these extraterrestrial objects and today, the scientific study of meteorites provides a wealth of information about the solar system. They reveal clues to some of the greatest scientific enigmas: the origin of life on Earth, the mass extinction of species, the nature and composition of asteroids, the conditions during the formation of the solar system, and the dust from stars that died long before our Sun formed. This comprehensive guide to meteorites, first published in 2001, was written by a team of experts. With the help of over two hundred full-colour photographs, diagrams and graphs, they will skillfully answer all your questions.

Table of Contents

1 The harder they fallC. Perron
2 Stones fallen from the skyU. Marvin
3 Impact cratersP. Thomas
4 Cretaceous ParkR. Rocchia and E. Robin and H. Leroux
5 Like no rock on EarthB. Zanda and M. Christophe Michel Levy and M. Bourot Denise and C. Caillet Komorowski
6 Little planetsD. Benest
7 The Sound and the FuryJ.-P. Bibring
8 Signed carbonF. Robert and M. Festou and F. Raulin
9 A stormy nebulaR. Hewins
10 The age of the solar systemG. Manhes
11 Galactic fossilsE. Zinner
12 Leafing through the past two centuries...P. Pellas
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