Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites / Edition 1

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What is unique about Richard Norton's book is that it is both a field guide to observing meteors, and also a field guide to locating, preparing and analysing meteorites. In addition to giving the reader information about observing techniques for meteors, this book also provides a fully detailed account of the types of meteorites, how and where to find them, how to prepare and analyse them. The book provides everything the amateur astronomer (or geologist!) needs to know about meteors and meteorites. It is thus the only complete book on the subject available at present.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The average age of most meteorites is 4.6 billion years. … This groundbreaking book … is the most concise guide to date on every aspect of this fascinating field. The authors combine the collecting, study and hunting of meteorites with good advice on equipment and identification techniques. … it is equally suited to beginner and expert with well-illustrated page-by-page descriptions of each meteorite sub-type. … This is an impressive book containing everything you need to know about these remarkable cosmic treasures." (Mark Ford, BBC Sky at Night, September, 2008)

"This practical reference source … goes beyond the well-illustrated guide to help meteorite hunters identify their prize (with detailed color photos), and includes the astronomical context needed to understand meteorites and their Earth-bound predecessors, meteoroids. … A mineral glossary and references (print and online) supplement the text. … Summing Up: Recommended. General audiences and all undergraduate students." (L.R. Johnston, Choice, Vol. 46 (5), January, 2009)

"This is a magnificent book and a must for anyone who is interested in our solar system and its formation. … A wonderful segment is included on what meteorites look like in thin section and it is a glorious world indeed. … If you do, or if you wish to find you own, or if you just wish to learn more about the environment our Earth inhabits, you will want a copy of this outstanding book." (Amazon, November, 2008)

2009 Best Reference Work-

"Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites" by O. Richard Norton and Lawrence A. Chitwood received the Mary B. Ansari Best Reference Work Award. The book is both a guide to observing meteors and a practical handbook for meteorite hunters. Abundant information on locating, preparing, and analyzing meteorites is presented. The work’s comprehensive treatment, fine color illustrations, and accessibility to a wide audience were winning points in the selection committee’s decision. "Meteorite information has been scattered, hard to find and difficult to interpret – sort of like meteorites themselves," commented committee member Dennis Trombatore. "The Field Guide is a powerful reference tool. It will inspire, enlighten and inform everyone who uses it.""

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848001565
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 581,728
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I : Origin and Early History of Asteroids and Meteorites Chapter 1: Interplanetary Dust: the role of Comets and Asteroids Chapter 2: Observing and Imaging Meteors Sporadic Meteors Meteor Showers – Leonids, Perseids, etc. Chapter 3: From the asteroid belt to Earth Chapter 4: Fireballs and the fall of Meteorites Chapter 5: Impact craters of the Solar System Chapter 6: Searching for meteorites in the field PART II: The Family of Meteorites Chapter 7: Chondrites, the most common stony meteorites Chapter 8: Achondrites, pieces of melted asteroid crusts Chapter 9: Iron meteorites, cores of differentiated asteroids Chapter 10: Stony-irons, the enigmatic meteorites Chapter 11: Meteorites from the Moon and Mars Chapter 12: Meteorites from comets? PART III: Analyzing Meteorites Chapter 13: Meteorite external morphology Chapter 14: Cutting, grinding and polishing meteorites Chapter 15: Weathering of meteorites Chapter 16: Preserving meteorites Chapter 17: Meteorite interiors: a microscopic journey PART IV: The Meteorite Market Chapter 18: Buying, selling and trading meteorites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    The Best!

    This is one of the best books for the serious meteorite collector. It has an excellent description of all types. Loads of information/charts that help the beginner understand the differences between types. It also describes things such as the weathering scale. A method to etch metal meteorites is included. There are also thin sections photos shown with the description of meteorite types.

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