The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections: Fireballs, Falls and Finds

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Gerald Joseph Home McCall, A. J. Bowden, Richard John Howarth
Geological Society of London, Jan 1, 2006 - Science - 513 pages
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This Special Publication has 24 papers with an international authorship, and is prefaced by an introductory overview which presents highlights in the field. The first section covers the acceptance by science of the reality of the falls of rock and metal from the sky, an account that takes the reader from BCE (before common era) to the nineteenth century. The second section details some of the world's most important collections in museums - their origins and development. The Smithsonian chapter also covers the astonishingly numerous finds in the cold desert of Antarctica by American search parties. There are also contributions covering the finds by Japanese parties in the Yamato mountains and the equally remarkable discoveries in the hot deserts of Australia, North Africa, Oman and the USA. The other seven chapters take the reader through the revolution in scientific research on meteoritics in the later part of the twentieth century, including terrestrial impact cratering and extraordinary showers of glass from the sky; tektites, now known to be Earth-impact-sourced. Finally, the short epilogue looks to the future. The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections should appeal to historians of science, meteoriticists, geologists, astronomers, curators and the general reader with an interest in science.
  

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Contents

Early beginnings
15
exploring
73
The end of classical meteorology c 1800
91
Key meteoritic collections
123
Russell S Grady M M A history of the meteorite collection at the
153
Consolmagno G J A brief history of the Vatican meteorite collection
205
A Nazarov M A History of the meteorite collection of
219
Clarke R S Jr Plotkin H McCoy T J Meteorites and the Smithsonian
237
Be van A W R The Western Australian Museum meteorite collection
305
a history
325
Contemporary meteoritics
345
De Laeter J R The history of meteorite age determinations
363
Bowden A J Meteorite provenance and the asteroid connection
379
M The history of research on meteorites from Mars
405
Hooke Gilbert Barringer and beyond
443
McCall G J H The history of tektites
471

S History of the American Museum of Natural History
267
Kojima H The history of Japanese Antarctic meteorites
291
McCall G J H Bowden A J Wood J A Marvin U B Epilogue
495
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