Meteorites: A Petrologic, Chemical and Isotopic Synthesis

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Science - 506 pages
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Meteorite research is fundamental to our understanding of the origin and early history of the Solar System. Some meteorites were produced by melting on asteroids, a few are from the Moon and others are martian. Their study yields a chronology of the first 100 million years of Solar System history, and provides evidence that our Sun went through a highly radiative, T Tauri stage. 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 provides a classification of meteorites, and discusses their ages and origin. It will be valuable to graduate students and scientists in astrophysics, space research, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, isotope geology, and earth and planetary sciences.
  

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Contents

chemistry and classification
18
l0 Summary
51
carbonaceous chondrites
96
noncarbonaceous chondrites
127
Time in the evolution of chondrites
152
Origin of chondrites and their components
188
primitive achondrites ureilites
243
asteroidal lunar and Martian basaltic
277
Composition and form of protosolar matter
433
Timing and evidence of early hypervelocity impact
434
Possible origins of a protojupiter
438
Consequences for the probability of lifesupporting planets
441
Summary
442
Glossary
443
Bibliography
450
Index of meteorite names
478

iron and stony iron meteorites
321
Parent body processes and petrogenetic associations 364
366
a meteoriticists view
420

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About the author (2004)

Robert Hutchison is a retired research scientist and curator of meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London.

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