School Library JournalGr 5-8-An attractive and readable look at planetary impacts by comets, asteroids, and meteorites. While Koppes focuses on the possibility of future impacts on Earth and the danger they present, his writing is not as sensationalistic as the title. The text describes historic impacts, including the recent collision of comet Shoemaker-Levy into Jupiter and evidence of past impacts on Earth, such as Meteor Crater and the Tunguska event, and on other planets. Impact scars on Earth and how scientists recognize them are covered. Related subjects include the extinction of dinosaurs, the lesser-known Permian extinction, and the possibility that past impacts delivered to Earth the chemical building blocks of life. Information on the Martian meteorites is included but neglects to explain how astronomers identified their place of origin. Final passages include recent and planned space missions to observe comets and asteroids, and proposals to protect Earth from future collisions. Informative color photos and other graphics enhance the utilitarian text. Raman Prinja's Comets, Asteroids and Meteors (Heinemann Library, 2002) describes smaller heavenly bodies but does not assemble as much detail on the story of past and probability of coming impacts as effectively.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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