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How Stones from Outer Space Made Our World

Explore the universe and immerse yourself in the story of our solar system, planet, and life through meteorites.

Meteorites have long been seen as portents of fate and messages from the gods, their fiery remains inspiring worship and giving rise to legends that have persisted for millennia. But beyond the lore, meteorites tell an even greater story: that of our solar system. In Meteorite, geologist Tim Gregory shows that beneath the charred crusts of these celestial stones lies a staggering diversity of rock types. Their unique constituents, vibrant colors, and pungent smells contain thrilling tales of interstellar clouds, condensing stardust, and the fiery collisions of entire worlds. Gregory explores the world of meteorites to uncover new insights into what our solar system was like before our sun became a star, into the forging of our planet, and into the emergence of life on it. Humans have long looked to the skies for answers to big questions. Meteorite reveals how science is finally arriving at those answers.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Earth Sciences / Geology

On Sale: October 13th 2020

Price: $30 / $38 (CAD)

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9781541647619

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Reader Reviews


"A captivating blend of painstaking detective work and dramatic cosmic events. The impact that rocks from space have had on our culture, and on our knowledge of where we come from -- and where they come from -- may surprise you. As will their impact on the planet of course, should you be lucky enough to see a 'fall.'"—Jon Butterworth, author of Smashing Physics
"Tim Gregory gets it. He has an uncanny ability to swiftly understand, to clearly explain, and to be joyful."—Chris Hadfield, astronaut
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