Impact Cratering

Impact Cratering : A Geologic Process

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This major study of crater morphology examines the physics of impact cratering, the geologic processes associated with it, and its role in planetary evolution. Melosh outlines landmark events in the history of impact cratering and places modern developments in historical perspective. Since important impact structures exist on our planet as well as on bodies in the solar system, this valuable contribution will serve as a vital reference in the diverse fields of geology, paleontology and planetary science.show more

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 180.34 x 256.54 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • halftones, line figures, tables
  • 0195104633
  • 9780195104639

Table of contents

Themes in the study of impact cratering; Crater morphology; Stress waves in solids; Cratering mechanics: contact and compression stage; Ejecta deposits; Scaling of crater dimensions; Cratering mechanics: modification stage; Multiring basins; Cratered landscapes; Atmospheric interactions; Impact cratering and planetary evolution; Appendix I: Derivation of the Hugoniot equations; Appendix II: Equations of the state for impact cratering; General bibliography; Index.show more

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"Well-written and comprehensive .... I doubt that many will disagree about the usefulness and importance of this book." --Science"It is going to be a classic . . . . Melosh brilliantly and lucidly summarizes all that is known (or thought to be known) of hypervelocity impact and cratering on planetary surfaces." -- Geochimica et Cosmochimica Actashow more

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