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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites


  • 108 b/w illus. 174 colour illus. 22 tables
  • Page extent: 374 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 1.583 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.5/1/03
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB755 .N65 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Meteorites

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521621434 | ISBN-10: 0521621437)

  • Published March 2002

Unavailable - out of print April 2008


In recent years, meteorites have caught the imagination of scientist and collector alike. An army of people are now actively searching for them in the hot and cold deserts of Earth. Fascinating extraterrestrial rocks in meteorites are our only contact with materials from beyond the Earth-Moon system. Using well known petrologic techniques, O. Richard Norton reveals in vivid color their extraordinary external and internal structures and taking readers to the atomic level, describes the environment within the solar nebula that existed before the planets accreted. Extensively illustrated, this volume is a valuable guide to assist searchers in the field in recognizing the many classes of meteorites and it is a superb reference source for students, teachers and scientists who wish to probe deeper these amazing rocks from space. O. Richard Norton is a contributing editor for Meteorite magazine and the author of The Planetarium and Atmospherium and Rocks from Space (Mountain Press, 1998). For the last 40 years, he has taught astronomy and space sciences at various US institutions.


Foreword; 1. Cosmic dust - interplanetary dust particles; 2. The fall of meteorites; 3. External morphology of meteorites; 4. Classification of meteorites: a historical viewpoint; 5. Primitive meteorites: the chondrites; 6. Chondrites: a closer look; 7. Primitive meteorites: the carbonaceous chondrites; 8. Differentiated meteorites: the achondrites; 9. Differentiated meteorites: irons and stony-irons; 10. Meteorites and the early solar system; 11. Asteroid parent bodies; 12. Terrestrial impact craters; Appendices.

Prize Winner

Library Journal 2002 Best Reference Title


"The author brings a very personal touch to this book, for he is a true meteorite afficionado. A major attribute is an unparalleled collection of spectacular photographs and figures illustrating all major aspects of meteoritics." The Canadian Mineralogist

"The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites is the perfect tome for those who want to do serious reading about astronomical phenomenon...The text could well be called 'the Complete Reader' on meteorites, asteroids and their effects on earth as it will serve the reader well as a ready reference on a fascinating subject." Miller Magazines, Inc.

"Extensively illustrated, this book is a valuable guide to assist searchers in recognizing the many classes of meteorites. It is a superb reference source for students, teachers, and scientists who wish to probe deeper into these amazing rocks from space." Physical Sciences Digest

"The book covers this new science thoroughly. It is well-written and understandable, with exceptional illustrations and graphics. The six appendices and the glossary provide an additional education in this fascinating field. It is time for a complete encyclopedia on meteorites and anyone interested in the universe or Earth will find it indispensable." Lapidary Journal

"This beautifully illustrated book is a comprehensive treatment of known meteorites of our solar system. An excellent excellent reference for researchers and an excellent guide for students and other interested readers." Science Books and Films

"Engagingly written and profusely illustrated with photographs, micrographs, spacecraft imagery, and paintings, this encyclopedia presents an extensive tour of the classification, structure, history, and origins of meteorites ... Designed to bridge the gap between high-level professionals." Choice

" is beautifully and lavishly illustrated with many pictures of meteorites in thin section as well as of hand specimens." Science

"This book is incredibly attractive, a real labor of love. May it be discovered by the space agencies of this world so that they can learn abut samples already captured from space in order to guide future missions. Read it; display it for visitors, especially children, teachers, politicians, and even engineers!". Rocks and Minerals

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