Meteorites and the Early Solar System II

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Overview

They range in size from microscopic particles to masses of many tons. The geologic diversity of asteroids and other rocky bodies of the solar system are displayed in the enormous variety of textures and mineralogies observed in meteorites. The composition, chemistry, and mineralogy of primitive meteorites collectively provide evidence for a wide variety of chemical and physical processes. This book synthesizes our current understanding of the early solar system, summarizing information about processes that occurred before its formation. It will be valuable as a textbook for graduate education in planetary science and as a reference for meteoriticists and researchers in allied fields worldwide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816525621
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Series: Space Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 942
  • Sales rank: 1,002,514
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dante S. Lauretta is an assistant professor of Lunar and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona. Harry Y. McSween is head of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Scientific organizing committee and acknowledgment of reviewers
Pt. I Meteoritics overview
Types of extraterrestrial material available for study 3
Systematics and evaluation of meteorite classification 19
Recent advances in meteoritics and cosmochemistry 53
Pt. II The presolar epoch : meteoritic constraints on astronomical processes
Nucleosynthesis 69
Origin and evolution of carbonaceous presolar grains in stellar environments 109
Meteorites and the chemical evolution of the Milky Way 127
Chemical processes in the interstellar medium : source of the gas and dust in the primitive solar nebula 147
Pt. III Disk formation epoch : the astrophysical setting and initial conditions of the solar nebula
Presolar cloud collapse and the formation and early evolution of the solar nebula 171
The population of starting materials available for solar system construction 187
The physics and chemistry of nebular evolution 209
Pt. IV The first nebular epoch : genesis of the first solar system materials
Timescales of the solar protoplanetary disk 233
Condensation of rocky material in astrophysical environments 253
The fayalite content of choedritic olivine : obstacle to understanding the condensation of rock material 279
Volatile evolution and loss 295
Origin of water ice in the solar system 309
Pt. V The second nebular epoch : materials processing in the nebula
Irradiation processes in the early solar system 323
Solar system deuterium/hydrogen ratio 341
Particle-gas dynamics and primary accretion 353
Transient heating events in the protoplanetary nebula 383
Chemical processes in igneous calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions : a mostly CMAS view of melting and crystallization 399
Petrology and origin of ferromagnesian silicate chondrules 431
Pt. VI The accretion epoch : formation of planetesimals
Chronological constraints on planetesimal accretion 463
Accretion dynamics and timescales : relation to chondrites 473
Meteoritic diversity and planetesimal formation 487
Trapping and modification processes of noble gases and nitrogen in meteorites and their parent bodies 495
Pt. VII The parent-body epoch : A. alteration and metamorphism
Timescales and settings for alteration of chondritic meteorites 525
Astreroidal heating and thermal stratification of the asteroid belt 555
Thermal metamorphism in chondrites 567
The action of water 587
The nature and distribution of the organic material in carbonaceous chondrites and interplanetary dust particles 625
Shock effects in meteorites 653
Nature and origins of meteoritic breccias 679
Pt. VIII The parent-body epoch : B. melting and differentiation
Timescales of planetesimal differentiation in the early solar system 715
Asteroid differentiation 733
Evolution of asteroidal cores 747
Pt. IX The planetary epoch : meteorites and the earth
Meteorites and the timing, mechanisms, and conditions of terrestrial planet accretion and early differentiation 775
Compositional relationships between meteorites and terrestrial planets 803
Irradiation records, cosmic-ray exposure ages, and transfer times of meteorites 829
Weathering of chondritic meteorites 853
Flux of extraterrestrial materials 869
Terrestrial ages of meteorites 889
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