Meteorite Resources

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Resources for a General Audience

Meteorites: The Story of Our Solar System, Second Edition

Caroline Smith, Sarah Russell, and Natasha Almeida
Firefly Books, 2019, 128 pages

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Leading experts in the field provide a compelling introduction to the space rocks that enter Earth's atmosphere at speeds ranging from 25,000 mph to 160,000 mph.

Primitive Meteorites and Asteroids: Physical, Chemical, and Spectroscopic Observations Paving the Way to Exploration

Neyda Abreu, editor
Elsevier, 2018, 545 pages

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This book covers the physical, chemical and spectroscopic aspects of asteroids, providing important data and research on carbonaceous chondrites and primitive meteorites.

Meteorite: Nature and Culture

Maria Golia
Reaktion Books, 2015, 208 pages

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Among the rarest things on Earth, meteorites carry an air of mystery and drama while having left a pervasive, outsized mark on our planet and civilization. In this book, the author tells the long history of our engagement with these sky-born space rocks.

Henbury Craters and Meteorites: Their Discovery, History and Study, Second Edition

Svend Buhl and Don McColl
Springer, 2015, 173 pages

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In 1931, the cluster of craters at Henbury Cattle Station south of Alice Springs in Central Australia was one of the first places on Earth where a group of impact structures could definitely be linked to the fall of iron meteorites. The authors present previously unpublished documents covering early research at the Henbury site, provide an extended data set on the distribution of meteoritic material at Henbury craters, and compare recent discoveries on the mechanics of hypervelocity impacts with evidence collected over 80 years of research at the Henbury meteorite craters.

35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites (1976-2010): A Pictorial Guide to the Collection

Kevin Righter, Catherine M. Corrigan, Timothy J. McCoy, and Ralph P. Harvey, editors
American Geophysical Union/Wiley, 2015, 195 pages

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Since 1976, meteorites have been collected by a NSF-funded field team, shipped for curation, characterization, distribution, and storage at NASA, and classified and stored for long term at the Smithsonian. It is the largest collection in the world with many significant samples including lunar, martian, many interesting chondrites and achondrites, and even several unusual one-of-a-kind meteorites from as yet unidentified parent bodies. This book is the first comprehensive volume that portrays the most updated key significant meteoritic samples from Antarctica.

Atlas of Meteorites

Monica Grady, Giovanni Pratesi, and Vanni Moggi Cecchi
Cambridge University Press, 2014, 373 pages

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This is a complete visual reference for meteorite classification, combining high-resolution optical microscope images with detailed descriptions. It provides a systematic account of meteorites and their most important classification parameters, making it an essential resource for meteorite researchers.

Meteor Strike

Produced and directed by Susannah Ward for NOVA/WGBH, 2013, one DVD (60 minutes)

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On February 15, car cameras and cellphones captured a blinding streak that flashed across the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains, followed by an explosion that injured some 1,500 people. The meteor, weighing around 10,000 tons, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since 1908. Within days, NOVA crews were in Russia following impact scientists as they hunted for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor’s origin.

Meteoriten: Zeitzeugen der Entstehung des Sonnensystems (Meteorites: Witnesses of the Origin of the Solar System)

Franz Brandstätter, Ludovic Ferrière, and Christian Köberl
Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums, 2013, 267 pages

This book recounts the history of meteorite research, tells how and where to find and identify them, their classification and composition, including the story of meteorites from Moon and Mars, and what happens when huge meteorites, the asteroids, collide with the Earth. (Text in both English and German.)

Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites

O. Richard Norton and Lawrence Chitwood
Springer, 2008, 287 pages

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This book is both a field guide to observing meteors and a field guide to locating, preparing, and analyzing meteorites. It provides valuable information about meteors and meteorites for amateur and practical astronomers and meteorite collectors.

The Mystery of the Tunguska Fireball

Surendra Verma
Icon, 2006, 277 pages

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At 7:14 a.m. on June 30, 1908 a huge fireball exploded in the Siberian sky. A thousand times the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, it flattened an area of remote Tunguska forest bigger than metropolitan New York, forming a mushroom cloud that almost reached into space. What was it? This book tells the incredible story of this famous fireball and evaluates evidence that claims that the mystery has at last been solved.

Meteorites and the Early Solar System II

Dante S. Lauretta and Harry Y. McSween, Jr., editors
University of Arizona Press, 2006, 943 pages

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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.

Meteorites, Ice, and Antarctica

William A. Cassidy
Cambridge University Press, 2003, 349 pages

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William Cassidy shares a first-hand account of his field experiences on the U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites Project. He describes the hugely successful field program in Antarctica and its influence on our understanding of the Moon, Mars, and the asteroid belt.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites

O. Richard Norton
Cambridge University Press, 2002, 354 pages

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Extensively illustrated, this volume is a valuable guide to assist searchers in the field in recognizing the many classes of meteorites and is a reference source for students, teachers, and scientists who wish to probe deeper these amazing rocks from space.

Rocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite Hunters, Second Edition

O. Richard Norton
Mountain Press Publishing, 1998, 447 pages

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This is a popular nontechnical introduction to meteorites, asteroids, comets, and impact craters.

Meteorites and Their Properties, Second Edition

David A. Kring
University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 1998, 32 pages

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Properties of different kinds of meteorite samples are outlined in this book. It also explains how meteorites may have formed and how these samples can provide a unique opportunity to learn more about geologic processes throughout the solar system.

Resources for Kids

Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World

Elizabeth Rusch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 76 pages

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Award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch goes into the field with scientists as they search for dangerous asteroids in space, study asteroids that have smashed into the ground, and make plans to prevent an asteroid strike if one ever threatens our planet.

Asteroids, Meteorites and Comets

Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
Chelsea House, 2006, 210 pages

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Explore the relationship between the Sun and the smaller celestial bodies, including asteroids, meteorites, and comets, from the point of view of a planetary scientist, examining their role as recorders of the formation of the solar system.

Killer Rocks from Outer Space: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites

Steven N. Koppes
Lerner Publications, 2003, 112 pages

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This book describes the role that collisions with meteors, comets, and asteroids have played in the history of Earth and other planets in the solar system and examines what is being done to protect Earth from future collisions.

Martian Fossils on Earth? The Story of Meteorite ALH 84001

Alfred B. Bortz
Millbrook Press, 1997, 72 pages

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When a group of researchers announced in 1996 that a meteorite they had been studying showed evidence of ancient life on Mars, scientists all around the world responded with a flurry of questions. This book is designed to place its young readers in the midst of those investigations.

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