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by A. Bevan and J. de Laeter, 256 pages, 11" X 9", 160 color photographs, 20 b & w photos, plus numerous tables, maps, and diagrams, cloth binding. Meteorites – the fragments of space debris that survive their fall to Earth – have much to tell us. They hold answers to the complexities of star formation and can help to explain the earliest events in the birth of the solar system. They may also have brought to Earth the water in the oceans, gases of the atmosphere, and other essential ingredients for the evolution of life. This comprehensive book is an expertly guided, in-depth look at meteorites. The authors trace the formation and breakup of the planets, asteroids, and comets where meteorites originated, their long journey through space, their fall to Earth, their recovery, and what scientists are learning from them. The fist chapter contains information about historical beliefs and encounters with meteorites, historical uses of meteoritic iron, and the birth of the science of studying meteorites. Meteorites: A Journey Through Space and Time includes much of the evidence on which our current understanding of meteorites and planetary science is based. The book also contains a great deal of material about the "84001 Martian meteorite", which has raised provocative new questions about life on the red planet. Looking forward, the authors chart the exciting new era of planetary, asteroidal, and cometary exploration planned for this century. The 160 color, and 70 b & w illustrations that illuminate the text present some of the most stunning examples of these ancient voyagers, taken from worldwide museum and private collections. A comprehensive Glossary of Terms is included, and the Index was very meticulously prepared to include information about all subjects discussed, as well as all meteorites described and pictured in the book. About the authors: A. Bevan is curator of minerals and meteorites at the Western Australian Museum in Perth, Australia; J. de Laeter is emeritus professor of physics at Curtin University in Perth. Copyright by the University of New South Wales, Australia. Published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 2002.
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By Michael & William Jensen, and Anne M. Black, with an introduction by Dr. Alain Carion.  The Second Edition of Meteorites from A to Z  consists of 275 pages,  8 1/2” X 5 1/2” size, spiral bound, soft cover, with pictorial front cover.  The plastic spiral binding allows for easy and full opening, and the covers are tough and heavyweight, to give lots of protection for continued use. This book is a condensed compilation of data taken from older references, and has been updated with all known finds and falls through December 2003.   A lot has changed since the first edition.  Several thousand meteorites have been discovered, new classifications have been added, and our understanding of the origin of meteorites has expanded.  A lot of these changes have been included in this Second Edition.  References consulted include the 4th Edition of the Catalogue of Meteorites by Graham (1985), the 5th Edition of the Catalogue of Meteorites by Grady (2000), and the Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, Meteoritical Bulletin.   For verification of many of the locations and correct locality spelling Rand McNally (1999), as well as the Times Atlas of the World (1999) were consulted.  In the introduction to Meteorites From A to Z, Dr. Alain Carion covers the definition of meteorites, origin and age of meteorites, as well as listing and clarifying the currently accepted scientific definitions of the different classifications of meteorites.  This is followed by a short chapter covering meteorites found on the continent of Antarctica – at last count, well over 20,000 meteorites or pieces of meteorites have been found!  The bulk of the text provides an alphabetical listing of all known meteorite falls and finds, worldwide, totaling 3,389 up to the date of publication.  The name of each meteorite is followed by its scientific classification, followed by specifics of the region and country of origin. The * symbol indicates whether it was a find or fall.  The total known weight (TKW) is expressed in two numbers – the first number records the total number of individuals found, and the second number is the estimated total known weight.  Check boxes next to each entry allow for inventorying and tracking your collection.  Examples of the listings for four well-known meteorites, found in many collections, are as follows:

Brenham, PAL mg., Kiowa Co., KS, USA, 1882 *,  50+ @ 1,400+kg
Canyon Diablo, Og IAB, Coconino Co., AZ USA, 1891 *,  999+ @ 10,000 kg
Gibeon, Of IVA, Hardap, Namibia, 1836 *,  100+ @ 50,000 kg
Sikhote-Alin, Ogg IIAB, Primorskiy, Russia, 1947, Feb 12, 1038 hours *,  99+ @ 50,000 kg

Following the alphabetical listings, the authors provide a 5 page listing of References.  The section covering the References provides a valuable listing of  97 of the top meteorite books you wish you could own in your own reference library if you could find them!  The next 37 pages are devoted to listing all of the numbered meteorites (approximately 4,000) that have been identified in the Sahara and the Arabian Peninsula (includes Algeria, Oman, Libya, Morocco, Niger, and the Egyptian Sahara) from 1989 through 2003.  A very interesting Chronological Listing of Falls begins by listing several ancient meteorites found in prehistoric times – the bulk of the listings are from the year 1400 AD, through 2003.  The Geographical Listing is by country, with the USA broken down by counties.  A Classification Index lists all of the known meteorites by class, and locality.   Meteorites from A to Z has condensed all of the essential data for you from all of the most up to date literature, and made the information available for everyone in an affordable, handy, portable format!   Published in the USA, 2004.
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By Derek W. G. Sears, University of Arkansas, 222 pages, 10” X 7”, pictorial hard cover, illustrated with numerous tables, line drawings, b & w photographs.  The historical introduction of this book is particularly interesting and informative regarding the early study of meteorites and attempts at classification of the various groups. The book is very well illustrated with clear diagrams and illustrations that serve to enhance the text.  Chondrites are the largest group of meteorites.  It has been shown that the study of meteorites can provide unique insights into the origins and early evolution of our Solar System, and even into the relationships between our Solar System and other stars in the vicinity of our Sun.  The largest structural components of most chondrites are the glass-bearing chondrules, and there are numerous theories for their origin. The text summarizes the ideas surrounding the origin and history of chondrules and chondrites, drawing upon research from the various scientific disciplines involved.  With citations to a large number of published papers on the topic, the book forms a comprehensive bibliography of the key research areas, and extensive illustrations provide a clear visual representation of the scientific theories. This text will be a valuable reference for serious meteorite collectors, graduate students and researchers in planetary science, geology, and astronomy.  The historical perspective and the comprehensive reference list are invaluable to researchers, as is the index.  The author is a researcher at the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Space Simulations, Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.  Published by: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2004. 
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 S. Ghosh and A. Dube, Geological Survey of India Catalogue Series No. 3, 308 pages, 9 1/2" X 7", pictorial soft cover, in English. The Geological Survey of India maintains a Meteorite Gallery in the Indian Museum, Calcutta, for public display. This catalogue includes pictorial documentation of morphological features of 100 of the meteorites in the collection. The catalogue includes 84 chondrites, 10 achondrites, and 6 irons. All of the surface morphological features are well documented with black & white photographs of each specimen and some new, eyewitness falls are described in detail. For each specimen the exact location of origin is given, date and time of fall / find, weight and dimension of the individual or total number of individuals or fragments recovered, degree of weathering and fracturing (if any), brief morphology, flight history, classification, a list of other worldwide institutions where specimens are available, and the photographic record of each specimen. In many cases, more than one view of a specimen is presented. Even if you have no meteorites in your collection from India, this pictorial catalogue is well worth having for its scientific value! There is a lot of general information about the surface features of the various types of meteorites to be studied and learned. Comparison of photographs of whole, uncut meteorites is an excellent way to learn about surface features – regmaglypts, flight orientation, etc. Published by the Government of India, Calcutta, India, 1999.
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By O. Richard Norton, 467 pages, 9 X 6", 45 two-color illustrations, 33 color photographs, 260 black and white photographs, soft cover. This expanded and updated edition of the popular guide to all essential topics in meteoritics skillfully combines scientific information rarely found outside technical sources, with amazing anecdotes and how-to instructions rarely found in technical literature. With more than 50 new photographs and updated illustrations, plus new and expanded appendices, bibliography, glossary, and index, this non-technical introduction to the fascinating world of meteorites, asteroids, comets, and impact craters is now even more comprehensive! The SECOND EDITION journeys into the last frontier for close-up looks at the newest astronomical discoveries, and gives the latest information on meteorite chemistry and classification, as well as including all of the information originally printed in the 1994 FIRST EDITION. In the FIRST EDITION the author provided a non-technical, yet very comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of meteorites, asteroids, comets, and impact craters. Part One tells the story of cosmic debris, beginning with an overview of meteorite falls, finds, and craters around the world. Part Two describes the origins and identifying characteristics of each type of meteorite. Part Three focuses on hunting and recovering meteorites, and profiles the colorful lives of two of this century’s most eminent meteorite hunters. The book ends with a look at where meteorites come from, and speculates about what the cosmos might hurl earthward in the future. Updated information includes data on recent observations on comets Hale-Bopp, and Shoemaker-Levy, with photos of the impact scar produced when the latter collided with Jupiter. A list of meteorite verification labs is given, a complete listing of meteorite dealers is provided, and a list of worldwide impact craters is given. The author, O. Richard Norton, is former director of the Grace Flandreau Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada in Reno. His articles on meteorites and their astronomical topics have appeared in "Sky and Telescope", "American West", and "Pacific Discovery". Published in 1998 by Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, MT.  

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