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A Petrologic, Chemical and Isotopic Synthesis

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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035392

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  • Meteorite research is fundamental to our understanding of the origin and early history of the Solar System. This book considers the mechanism and timing of core formation and basaltic volcanism on asteroids, and the effects of heating water-rich bodies. Results from meteorite research are placed in a galactic setting, and a theory is proposed for the origin of the planets of our Solar System. This advanced yet succinct introduction classifies meteorites in the context of their ages and origin.

    • Introduces meteorites at an advanced level
    • Makes developments in the study of meteorites intelligible to scientists in a variety of fields
    • Covers the age, origin and earliest history of planets, and core formation on asteroids
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Hutchison's work is certainly the best up-to-date scholarly work available on meteorites. The seventeen-page "Introduction" is an excellent primer to meteorites in general and would more than satisfy members of the public curious about rocks from space." Planetarian, Richard Dreiser and Paul J Krupinski

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035392
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.823kg
    • contains: 130 b/w illus. 49 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The chondrites: chemistry and classification
    3. The components of chondrites
    4. Petrography of the chondrites I: carbonaceous chondrites
    5. Petrography of the chondrites II: non-carbonaceous chondrites
    6. Time in the evolution of chondrites
    7. Origin of chondrites and their components
    8. Differentiated meteorites I: primitive achondrites, ureilites and aubrites
    9. Differentiated meteorites II: asteroidal, lunar and Martian basaltic meteorites
    10. Differentiated meteorites III: iron and stony iron meteorites
    11. Parent body processes and petrogenetic associations
    12. Origin of Solar System planets: a meteoriticist's view
    Index of meteorite names
    General index.

  • Author

    Robert Hutchison, Natural History Museum, London
    Robert Hutchison was a retired research scientist and curator of meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London, prior to his death in 2007.

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