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Origin of Meteorites

Structure and Composition of Meteorites

Impacting Meteorites and Their Craters

Frequency and Falls

The appearance of a freshly-fallen meteorite

Hunting for meteorites

Tests for suspected meteorite specimens

Meteor reports

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Magazine and Journal Articles


Meteorites, general


U.B. Marvin (May 1986) Meteorites, the Moon and the history of geology, Journal of Geological Education, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 140–165.


K.F. Weaver (September 1986) Meteorites: Invaders from space, National Geographic, v. 170, no. 3, pp. 390–418.

Craters, general


R.A.F. Grieve (April 1990) Impact cratering on the Earth, Scientific American, vol. 262, no. 4, pp. 66–73.

Meteor Crater, Arizona


E.M. Shoemaker (1987) Meteor Crater, Arizona, In Centennial Field Guide, vol. 2, Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America (ed. S.S. Beus), pp. 399–404. Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado.


D.A. Kring (1997) Air blast produced by the Meteor Crater impact event and a reconstruction of the affected environment, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, vol. 32, pp. 517–530.

Mass extinction


W. Alvarez and F. Asaro (October 1990) An extraterrestrial impact: Accumulating evidence suggests an asteroid or comet caused the Cretaceous extinction, Scientific American, vol. 263, no. 4, pp. 78–84.


W. Glen (July-August 1990) What killed the dinosaurs?, American Scientist, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 354–370.



Meteorites, general


R.T. Dodd (1986) Thunderstones and Shooting Stars, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 196p.


R. Hutchison (1983) The Search for Our Beginning, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 164p.


H. Y. McSween, Jr. (1987) Meteorites and Their Parent Planets, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 237p.


J.T. Wasson (1985) Meteorites: Their Record of Early Solar-System History, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, 267p.


J.A. Wood (1968) Meteorites and the Origin of Planets, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 117p. (This book is out of print, but it may be available at your library).

Craters, general


K. Mark (1987) Meteorite Craters, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 288p.

The Tucson Meteorites


R.R. Willey (1987) The Tucson Meteorites: Their History from Frontier Arizona to the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 47p.


Meteor Crater, Arizona


W.G. Hoyt (1987) Coon Mountain Controversies: Meteor Crater and the Development of Impact Theory, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 442p.

Mass extinction


K.J. Hsü (1986) The Great Dying, Ballantine Books (1988 paperback version), New York, 288p.


D.M. Raup (1991) Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?, W.W. Norton and Co., New York, 210p.