Meteorite Killed My Cow: Stuff That Happens When Space Rocks Hit Earth

Greenwood, Richard


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Meteorites are generally considered to be bizarre and exotic space junk that you only ever come across in museums. But the reality is very different. Meteorites are generally harmless, with the exception of a cow in Venezuela and a few dinosaurs. Well, quite a few dinosaurs in fact! They are arriving on Earth every day, everywhere, in the form of fine dust. The result is that meteorites can be collected from the rooftops of houses everywhere. It’s not easy and you need to know what to look for. This book will help. Meteorites are the oldest rocks in our Solar System and contain grains that are even older. These space rocks provide science with the best available evidence concerning the origin and early evolution of the Solar System.

This book introduces the reader to the fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of space rocks using a simple, clear layman-friendly style. It explains why they are so special and describes their main characteristics. The non-technical approach used throughout the book make it particularly accessible to the general public and it will be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about these cosmic visitors and the wealth of scientific information they contain.


Provides a concise introduction to the world of meteorites in an accessible and non-technical way
Demonstrates how meteorites can be found locally and provides practical guidance on how to search for them!
Emphasizes the human side of meteorites and how ordinary people can and do encounter meteorites in a wide variety of settings

Format: Paperback
Pages: 242
Imprint: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis) USA
Publication date: 08/05/2024

ISBN: 9780367774486 Categories: ,