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The Origin of Chondrules and Chondrites : Cambridge Planetary Science - Derek W. G. Sears

The Origin of Chondrules and Chondrites

Cambridge Planetary Science


Published: 10th January 2005
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Chondrites are the largest group of meteorites. They 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. This clear and systematic text summarises the ideas surrounding the origin and history of chondrules and chondrites, drawing on research from the various scientific disciplines involved. With citations to every published paper on the topic, it forms a comprehensive bibliography of the latest research, and extensive illustrations provide a clear visual representation of the scientific theories. This text will be a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers in planetary science, geology and astronomy.

'This text is an interesting addition to any library, and is suitable for students.' The Observatory 'The book is very well illustrated with clear diagrams and illustrations that serve to enhance the text. The historical perspective and the comprehensive reference list are invaluable to researchers, as is in the index. While many professionals in the field might not agree with the author's conclusions (so what's new in chondrite research?), this book is an extremely useful addition to any library.' Geological Magazine

Historical introduction
Potential meteorite parent bodies
Chondrites and their main properties
Chondrules and their main properties
Theories for the origin of chondrules
Discussion of theories for the origin of chondrules
Making the chondrites: chondrule sorting and metal-silicate fractionation
So how far have we come and where do we go next?
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ISBN: 9780521836036
ISBN-10: 0521836034
Series: Cambridge Planetary Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 10th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.2 x 17.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.56