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Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites / Edition 1

Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites / Edition 1

by O. Richard Norton, Lawrence Chitwood


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848001565
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 06/06/2008
Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 287
Sales rank: 408,859
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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Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
T.Rex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is, In my opinion, the best book on meteors, metorites etc. The authors explain the subject in detail, describing the various types of meteorites. The volume is copiously illustrated. I you only want one book on the subject, this is it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.