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Catalogue of Meteorites Hardcover – October 16, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0521663038 ISBN-10: 0521663032 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 5 edition (October 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521663032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521663038
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...excellent and definitive...The Catalogue is the major reference volume for everyone interested in meteorites: professional scientists, meteoriticists, collectors, dealers and academic libraries." Planetarian

"The new edition is a must-have book for anybody in the field. Taken as a whole, this package is an incredibly valuable resource for meteoriticists and nonscientists with an interest in meteorites." Meteorites & Planetary Science

"This book represents a prodigious amount of human endeavor, and the meteorite community owes Monica Grady an enormous debt of gratitude. If you are a serious amateur or professional, you will want this book." Meteorite, Feb. 2001

"...a critical resource volume for geologists and historians studying meteorites. It should be in every academic library. I also recommend it for individuals who often study the history and/or science associated with meteorites." Earth Science History

Book Description

The fifth edition of Catalogue of Meteorites will, like previous editions, become an essential reference volume for all those with an informed interest in meteorites. It is the definitive descriptive list of the British Natural History Museum, which maintains the official world database of all known meteorite falls and finds. It includes the 10,000 new specimens recovered since publication of the fourth edition, including those from Antarctica. An important development is the addition of CD-ROM to accompany the book, which includes greatly expanded information and an important search facility.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joel Schiff on February 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Big Blue Book is back. This time around the cover has a close-up photo of olivine laths in a barred olivine chondrule, and at 689 pages, is bigger and better than ever. There is a listing of 22,507 authenticated meteorites up to December 1999 which also come on a CD-ROM.
The origins of the Catalogue go back to 1847 with a listing of the 62 meteorites of the British Museum. Subsequent periodic updates were issued and in 1923, George Prior, the Keeper of Minerals of the British Museum, issued the first worldwide Catalogue of Meteorites. The well-known 4th edition, edited by Graham, Bevan, and Hutchison was published in 1985.
The 5th edition not only has ten thousand more meteorites (including such recent discoveries as the Martian Los Angeles meteorite or a Saharan EL4-5 called Grein 002), but it also reflects the multitude of changes that have taken place in the field of meteoritics in the past 15 years. Type 3 chondrites now have petrologic subtypes (3.0 to 3.9), enstatite chondrites are now distinguished as EH or EL, there are new carbonaceous chondrite groups, CH, CK, and CR, as well as the new groupings of acapulcoites, brachinites, rumurutiites and winonaites. The SNCs are now described, perhaps with a bit of British understatement, "probably from Mars". There are also various stylistic changes like dropping the ordinary chondrite terms "bronzite", "hypersthene", and "amphoterite", replacing them simply with H, L, and LL. However, the overall format is the same as the 1985 edition and readers of the latter will be right at home with this one.
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Do not expect any photos in this book. It is very detailed one, and professional, but no spectaclar at all.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2000
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The enclosed CD-ROM is for PC only. With a MAC version, my rating would be five stars.
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