Martian Fossils on Earth: The Story of Meteorite Alh 84001

Martian Fossils on Earth: The Story of Meteorite Alh 84001

by Fred Bortz, Alfred B. Bortz

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 UpAn interesting look at meteorite ALH 84001. Chapter titles are questions, such as "How can we tell that this meteorite comes from Mars?" Text, drawings, and full-color photographs reveal techniques used by scientists to find the answers. Readers learn how meteorites are found, named, identified, and examined. Bortz focuses on the possibility of non-Earth life evidence in this particular meteorite, pointing out that the information gleaned from ALH 84001 is tantalizing, but not conclusive. Although the open layout of the book might appeal to younger readers, the vocabulary used in discussing scientific principles is appropriately complex and beyond elementary school science concepts. An extensive glossary and index add to the usefulness of the clear text; there is no pronunciation guide. The author states that because this is currently the only book on ALH 84001, no list for further reading is included. He recommends that readers pursue the same sources he used: magazine articles and the Web. However, works such as Billy Aronson's Meteors (Watts, 1996) provide explanations of meteorite formation, travel through space, arrival on Earth, and scientific examination in simple terms that can increase understanding of the concepts discussed here.Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Single Titles Ser.
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.45(d)
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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