A Journey Through Space and Time
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Meteorites by Alex Bevan
Book DescriptionMeteorites - the fragments of space debris that survive their fall to Earth - have much to tell us. They hold the answers to the complexities of star formation and can explain the earliest events in the birth of the solar system. They also may have brought to Earth the water in the oceans, gases of the atmosphere, and other essential ingredients for the evolution of life. In this detailed look at meteorites, the authors trace the formation and breakup of the planets, asteroids, and comets where meteorites originated, their long journey through space, their fall to Earth, their recovery, and what scientists are learning from them. The book contains a great deal of material about the "84001 Martian meteorite", which has raised provocative new questions about life on the red planet. Looking forward, the authors chart the exciting new era of planetary, asteroidal, and cometary exploration planned for the 21st century. The 160 colour and 70 b&w illustrations that illuminate the text present interesting examples of these ancient voyagers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781588340214
(279mm x 229mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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On Earth, catastrophic impact of an asteroid or comet with truly global consequences has not happened during our written history, and the threat seems very small. Giant scars on our planets surface are relics of an impact history stretching back more than 2 billion years, and there is no assurance it cannot happen again.
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Author Biography - Alex Bevan
Alex Bevan is curator of minerals and meteorites at the Western Australian Museum in Perth; John de Laeter is emeritus professor of physics at Curtin University in Perth.
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