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Description - Meteorites by Robert Hutchison

Meteorite research is fundamental to our understanding of the origin and early history of the Solar System. Some meteorites were produced by melting on asteroids, a few are from the Moon and others are martian. Their study yields a chronology of the first 100 million years of Solar System history and provides evidence that our Sun went through a highly radiative, T Tauri stage. This book considers the mechanism and timing of core formation and basaltic volcanism on asteroids and the effects of heating water-rich bodies. Results from meteorite research are placed in a galactic setting, and a theory is proposed for the origin of the planets of our Solar System. This advanced yet succinct introduction provides a classification of meteorites and discusses their ages and origin. It will be valuable to graduate students and scientists in astrophysics, space research, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, isotope geology and earth and planetary sciences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521035392
ISBN-10: 0521035392
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 27mm)
Pages: 524
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Hutchison

Robert Hutchison was a retired research scientist and curator of meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London, prior to his death in 2007.

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