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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521840354

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  • A complete visual reference for meteorite classification, this atlas combines 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. Each chapter starts with a description of the meteorite class, with a summary of the mineralogical, chemical and isotopic characteristics of the group. The full-color images are taken in plane- and cross-polarized light and reflected light, and arranged to highlight textural variations in meteorites. Specimens are grouped to show the effects of increasing thermal alteration and shock, as well as variations in chondrule size and type. Chapters on iron meteorites, pallasites and mesosiderites are included, photographed as mounts in reflected light, to show the range of textural variations that accompany these meteorites. Images from the book can be downloaded from

    • Features full-colour microscope images of thin sections of meteorites arranged systematically to highlight textural and compositional differences
    • Gives the basic compositional data for meteorites, detailing mineralogical, chemical and isotopic characteristics for each meteorite group
    • Includes chapters on iron meteorites, pallasites and mesosiderites
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    • Winner, 2015 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics

    Reviews & endorsements

    'I recommend this book highly for its systematic and graphic approach to meteorite classification and feel it is an essential buy for all meteorite researchers. The images would be appreciated by a wider readership as well.' Sara Russell, The Observatory

    '[This book] features color pictures of each of the many types of meteorites and fairly short descriptions of them. If one is fortunate enough to find a meteorite, this book is likely to identify the type. … This book will probably be most useful as part of a library with strong collections in astronomy or geology.' A. R. Upgren, Choice

    '… a complete visual reference for meteorite classification, combining full colour images with very detailed descriptions … goes well beyond the simple scope of just providing a systematic account of such celestial debris and their classification parameters. While reporting the results of laboratory precise measurements of meteorite components, which complements the now available accurate astronomical observations, it opens a window on the greater understanding occurred in the last two decades about the processes that led to the formation of the Sun and Solar System. … The authors focus on specific features that will aid in recognition and classification of meteorites … The introductory text then reports the main mineral components, the texture of the samples and their chemistry, including oxygen isotopic composition. … Although the present book is an essential reference for meteorite researchers, the beautiful full colour images present in it, as well as clear explanations, will be certainly appreciated by a much wider readership.' Salvatore Esposito, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521840354
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 283 x 224 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.42kg
    • contains: 800 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Carbonaceous chondrites
    3. Ordinary chondrites
    4. Enstatite chondrites
    5. Rumurutiite and kakangari-type chondrites
    6. Acapulcoites and lodranites
    7. Brachinites
    8. Winonaite-iab-iiicd clan
    9. Ureilites
    10. Angrites
    11. Aubrites
    12. Howardite-eucrite-diogenite clan
    13. Mesosiderites
    14. Pallasites
    15. Iron meteorites
    16. Lunar meteorites
    17. Martian meteorites

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    Atlas of Meteorites

    Monica M. Grady, Giovanni Pratesi, Vanni Moggi Cecchi

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    Monica M. Grady, The Open University and The Natural History Museum, UK
    Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences in the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute (PSSRI), The Open University. Her research focuses on the carbon and nitrogen geochemistry of primitive meteorites and of Martian meteorites. Asteroid (4731) was named Monicagrady in her honor.

    Giovanni Pratesi, Museo di Storia Naturale, Università di Firenze
    Giovanni Pratesi is the President of the Natural History Museum of the University of Firenze. He is also a research fellow at the Earth Sciences Department where he carries out research on systematic, environmental and planetary mineralogy. Moreover, he coordinated the interministerial committee to define the Italian official cataloguing standards for the naturalistic heritage.

    Vanni Moggi Cecchi, Museo di Scienze Planetarie, Provincia di Prato
    Vanni Moggi Cecchi is Curator of the Museum of Planetary Sciences, Prato, Italy. He carries out research on meteorites, focusing his work on the textural and compositional features of primitive achondrites and of chondrites. Since 2003 he has classified more than 150 new meteorites and has re-examined several historic samples. In 2006 he discovered the mineral melliniite.


    • Winner, 2015 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
    • Winner, 2015 PROSE Award for Earth Science

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