- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521126045
- ISBN-13: 978-0521126045
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Review of the hardback: '... this excellent slim book by a world-renowned astronomer sets out the up-to-date research results on impact structures on Earth ... The book is well produced with black and white photographs, and would make an excellent companion book to others containing, say, LANDSAT pictures of planet Earth from space.' Irish Astronomical Journal
Review of the hardback: ' ... a valuable resource for students or anyone else interested in learning more about impact features.' Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
Review of the hardback: 'The descriptions are not only informative but also inviting ... Meteorite craters provide us with our only chance to study and walk on a real astronomical phenomenon. Read this book and be prepared to travel.' W. Hughes, Observatory
This essential guide to all 139 sites throughout the world at which evidence of the meteorite impacts can be seen includes a summary giving location, size, age and present conditions as well as maps. The author's photographs enrich this thorough unique survey with descriptions including guidance about access.
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As for updates, even though the publication date is January 2010, many of the images seem old or have poor resolution, an issue in this age of digital plus satellite photography. For example, the LPI has presented some outstanding geophysical imagery of the Yucatan Chicxulub structure. It is not exposed at the surface, being about 65 my old, so only geophysical images show its configuration and extent. Further, the LPI gravity anomaly image has the 90 km trench that leads into the structure of overlying rings that are in turn overlain by a pair of "jets" that point into the Caribbean. All this detail underlies reasoning about the sequence of events connected to the impact of the 10 km asteroid that created Chicxulub (Mayan: "tail of the devil") is absent from the published grayscale image.
I was delighted to note that the helpful bibliography contains a reference to an Arthur Upfield "Napoleon Bonaparte" detective novel that takes place at the West Australian Wolfe Creek Crater. But the novel is "Will of the Tribe" rather than "Death of a Swagman" (location: Lake Mungo/Walls of China in New South Wales). A database at [...] has higher resolution images of the Wolfe Creek impact structure.
I found this book somewhat helpful if accompanied by a listing of impact structures by age as well as academic sites that discuss the geophysics of impacts beyond some basic diagrams and the thin sections of shocked quartz grains that accompany non-terrestrially created shock waves. Those who would like to extend their knowledge of impact structures to our larger solar system may find the pattern matching interesting because bolide collisions are common events in our astronomical neighborhood.
Dr. Hodge appropriately dedicated his work to Eugene Shoemaker, the astro-geologist who perished in a road accident in Australia while on a trip to evaluate impact structures. The Teague Ring in Australia now honors the memory of this geologist, whose ashes now reside on our Moon.