New England Meteoritical
RECOMMENDED READING LIST
The following material is
recommended to anyone interested in gaining more information on meteorites or
planetary science in general. These books present a popular treatment of the
subject matter in most cases and would be easy reading for anyone with an
interest in science.
Many of these books are
available in local or university libraries or can be ordered from bookstores or
from the NEMS catalogue.
Odessa, Texas, Iron
1987, Kathleen Mark, The University of Arizona
An in depth post mortem of the process and players in the
fairly recent conclusion by geologists and astrophysicists that some
unexplained landforms on the Earth were caused by meteorite and asteroid
A quarterly publication from New Zealand full of timely
articles from contributing authors around the world. Good reading for anyone
wishing to stay current on meteorites and meteoritics.
In thin-section, the
mineralogy of meteorites is displayed in vivid color. The publication
"METEORITE" has printed many well-written articles on
Meteorites and Their
Parent Planets, 1992, Harry Y. McSween, Jr., Cambridge University
A detailed review of meteorites, their composition,
classification, possible parent planets and theories of formation.
Messengers from Space, 1995, F. Heide and F. Wlotzka,
Springer-Verlag, English translation by R.S. Clarke, Jr.
An overview of meteoritics and meteorites with a focus on
meteorite composition and mineralogy. Many interesting tables and
Buschhof, Latvia. A stone L6
Rocks from Space,
1998 Second Edition, O. Richard Norton, Mountain Press
A popular guide to meteorites, comets and asteroids - the
science, superstition, folklore and people who search for specimens.Nicely
revised from first edition published in 1994
The Meteorite &
Tektite Collector's Handbook, 1991, Philip M. Bagnal,
A good introduction to meteorites and tektites and the
practicalities of collecting these fascinating objects. It also deals with the
acquisition, preservation and exhibition of specimens.
Cape York, Greenland. The Cape
York iron meteorites are some of the largest iron meteorites ever
Comets, Meteors and
Asteroids, 1994, Seymour Simon, Marrow Junior
A good introduction to the subject for children in the
middle grades; well illustrated with photos including meteorites and
Moons & Planets -
third edition, 1993, William K. Hartmann, Wadsworth,
A well written, easy to read introductory college textbook
on planetary science; comprehensive, but not intimidating and you don't have to
do the problems if you don't want to.
Kesen, Japan. The Kesen stone
meteorite, H5, is a metal-rich, stable meteorite
Stardust to Planets,
1993, Harry Y. McSween, Jr., St. Martin
An anecdotal introduction to planetary geology. This book
features a great deal of recent research and behind the scenes activity never
before given popular treatment including some interesting insight into how the
identification of the SNC martian meteorites got started.
The New Solar System
- third edition, 1990, edited by J. Kelly Beatty and
Andrew Chaikin, Cambridge University Press and Sky Publishing
A large format, colorful book written for general
audiences on the subject of our solar system. Each chapter is written by one of
the top researchers in the subject being presented. A lot of attention given to
why as well as what. Contains an excellent chapter on meteorites by John A.
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