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

©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).
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521799409
Format :
Book

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What are meteorites? Where do they come from? Are they a threat? What are they made of? How common are they? As centuries have passed, our knowledge of these extraterrestrial objects has advanced immensely, and today, the scientific study of meteorites provides a wealth of information about the solar system. Meteorites 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 the dust from stars that died long before our Sun formed.

Written by a team of experts, Meteorites is an accessible, comprehensive guide that features over two hundred full-color photographs, diagrams and graphs. Look no further for a wonderful introduction to these powerful, yet mystifying, objects. Brigitte Zanda is Associate Professor at the Mineralogy Laboratory of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, and Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University. Following on from her PhD in Geochemistry, she has written many papers in Meteoritics and Planetary Science and other journals, and is a member of the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society. Monica Rotaru is Department Chief of Earth Sciences at the Palais de la découverte in Paris, where she organizes scientific exhibitions. After her PhD in geochemistry, she has conducted research in climatology and written television science documentaries.


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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