What's So Mysterious About Meteorites? (Part of the What's So Cool About Geology Series)
Authors: O. Richard Norton and Dorothy Sigler Norton
Every product we use, every new invention we create, every single thing we surround ourselves with comes from this Earth, with one exception meteorites. These exotic rocks have experienced journeys of cosmic proportions by the time we lay eyes on them. In the bitter cold temperatures of space, powerful collisions between asteroids scatter rocky debris in all directions, and some of it ends up on Earth. Authors Richard and Dorothy Norton explain where these mysterious rocks come from, what they’re made of, and what happens when asteroids strike Earth. Explore how radiant fireballs are cataclysmically related to impact craters, discover helpful hints that guide readers on the dos and don’ts of meteorite hunting, and learn how to properly distinguish meteorites from “meteorwrongs” with examples that are truly out of this world. This third book in the What s So Cool About Geology series is sure to pique your interest as you learn what these extraterrestrial rocks tell us about the origins of our solar system.
About the Authors
O. Richard Norton fell in love with meteorites while studying astronomy at UCLA with renowned meteoriticist Frederick C. Leonard. As director of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada at Reno and the Flandrau Planetarium at the University of Arizona at Tucson, he taught astronomy and shared his enthusiasm for meteorites, geology, and photography in public lectures and community education classes. He traveled to Cape Canaveral to film the Apollo launches, designed a fish-eye motion picture system that flew on the space shuttle Challenger, and led field trips to photograph total solar eclipses and comets around the world. His previous books about meteorites are Rocks from Space, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites, and Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites. He was a fellow of the Meteorological Society and a contributing editor of Meteorite magazine. He died in 2009 before he completed work on this book.
Dorothy Sigler Norton is an artist and scientific illustrator. She studied art at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa. Her colorful illustrations and ink drawings have appeared in many magazines and books, and her large paintings hang in the national geological museum in Japan. With Richard she operated Science Graphics, a company that supplied science teaching materials to universities worldwide. Her passion for meteorites began when she discovered it is actually possible to own one, and she has been collecting and searching for them ever since. She is a member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association and serves on the editorial advisory board of Meteorite magazine.
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company (August 20, 2012)