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Below are descriptions covering new books we feel are of special interest to the meteorite and tektite collector.

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By Dante S. Lauretta and Marvin Killgore, 301 pages, 10 X 7 1/4”, cloth binding.  Included are 414 color photographs and 11 line diagrams. This is the first photographic survey of meteorites in thin sections.  Nearly every known stony meteorite type is included.  The book is organized by classification and sub-type, from primitive chondrites LL3.0, to planetary achondrites.  The first section of the book is dedicated to the ordinary chondrites, followed by the enstatite, carbonaceous, K, and R chondrite classes.  The next two sections of the book cover primitive and evolved achondrites.  A data block is presented with each meteorite that gives its name, the locality from which it originated, its classification, shock and weathering grades if known, and the source of the thin section photographed.  Each classification is presented in six views.  The first two are overviews (10mm - 25mm) in cross-polarized and plane-polarized light, followed by four low magnification views with plane-polarized, cross-polarized, reflected-light and BSE (Back Scattered Electron) images.  Assumes the reader has a basic knowledge of thin sections and meteorite science.  Although each chapter gives the encapsulation of the grouping of the type, a brief description of each of the meteorites chosen to represent the classification is given with brief notations and comments on the selected photographs. “A Color Atlas of Meteorites in Thin Section” is a comprehensive reference for anyone interested in meteorites, mineralogy, or petrology.   Published by the Golden Retriever Press, and Southwest Meteorite Press, Arizona, April 2005.
Order Item BK4995  
Shipping weight 3 pounds
Price:  $98.00

, By Kevin Kichinka, 8 1/2” X 5 1/2”, 219 pages, illustrated with line drawings, several B & W plus numerous color photos, soft cover.  This is the first book dedicated solely to the theory and methodology of collecting meteorites. The hobby’s evolution is covered from its earliest beginnings among the “rich, royal or religious” to the advent of the internet, with more than 100 meteorite dealers advertising, worldwide.  The author’s strategies on how to purchase highest-quality specimens at the most favorable prices are clearly outlined, and a new tool for price determination is introduced. This guide offers advice on care and first aid for your specimens, compares the materials involving their display and affecting their preservation, and suggests an integrated system for cataloguing holdings.  Select contributions by the author to the acclaimed quarterly “Meteorite!” magazine are reprinted, including the reports of his expeditions to discover Bolivia’s first authenticated meteorite.  The “Timeline of Historical Meteoritical Events” chapter transports the reader on a breathtaking ride through history that will fire the imagination and enhance the knowledge of every researcher, dealer and collector.  “The Art of Collecting Meteorites” offers the author’s unvarnished observations to help the collector understand and harness the forces driving the marketing of these visitors from space.  Published by Bookmasters, 2005.
Shipping weight: 2 pounds
Order Item: BK5003
Price:  $26.95

By Monica M. Grady, The Natural History Museum, London, England
Includes 690 pages, 11 1/4" X 8 3/4" size, heavyweight cloth binding with pictorial cover.
This Fifth Edition of the Catalogue of Meteorites will, like previous editions, become an essential reference volume for all those with an informed interest in meteorites. The volume is a complete catalogue of all authenticated meteorites, and gives information on their classification and chemistry. It is the definitive, descriptive list of The Natural History Museum, London, which maintains the official world database of all known meteorite falls and finds. Much of the older nomenclature has been discontinued, and the various classification groups have been expanded and updated to bring the Catalogue of Meteorites up to date with current scientific knowledge. It includes the 10,000 new specimens recovered since publication of the fourth edition, including many hundreds of new finds from Antarctica, the Nullarbor Region of Australia, 101 new finds from New Mexico (USA), and all of the recent finds from the Sahara Desert. The very useful summary pages covering meteorites by classification and geographical listing, as well as the lists of all known meteorites by classification and geographical location, have been updated to include all finds and falls through December 1999.

The format for each entry is as follows:
  • Name / Location.
  • Fall / Find information, including latitude and longitude.
  • Classification.
  • Synonym(s).
  • Recovered weight, and discussion / details of recovery, where available.
  • Journal where data was first reported.
  • Distribution in major collections.
  • List of specimens in The Natural History Museum collection.

An important development is the addition of a CD-Rom to accompany the book, which includes greatly expanded information (literature references and analytical data for each meteorite), and an important search facility. This can be used on any PC running Windows 95 or higher; 60MB disk space, 32MB RAM, super VGA monitor or better. Features for the CD-ROM include:

  • Over 22,000 records.
  • A complete list of all known meteorites up to December 1999.
  • Literature references from major meteorite journals.
  • Mineralogical, chemical and isotopic data.
  • Fully searchable.
  • Allows report generation.
  • Data exportable to spreadsheet or text files.

This Fifth Edition of the Catalogue of Meteorites is THE major reference volume for everyone interested in meteorites: professional scientists, meteoriticists, collectors, dealers and academic libraries. Monica M. Grady is the head of the Petrology and Meteoritics Division in the Department of Mineralogy at The Natural History Museum (NHM), London. Published by the Cambridge University Press, London, 2000.
Shipping weight: 6 pounds
Order Item BK5015
Price: $340

- The Search for Siberian Meteorite Craters”, by Roy Gallant, 231 pages, 9” X 6.3”, hard cover. 

From the back cover of the book: “The "Indiana Jones of Astronomy" takes us on a crater-hopping tour of Siberia's major meteor impact sites.  In Meteorite Hunter, Roy Gallant takes readers on a fascinating journey to the major meteorite sites of the wild and desolate Russian interior.

On the morning of June 30, 1908, a comet nucleus or stony asteroid weighing 100,000 metric tons exploded four miles above the remote Siberian region of Tunguska with a force hundreds of times greater than the blast that destroyed Hiroshima. Eighty-four years later, American astronomer Roy Gallant was invited by the Russian Academy of Sciences to participate in its annual Tunguska Expedition.  Gallant was the first American to take part in the Russian investigation of the largest meteorite impact in recorded history. So inspired was he by his experiences at Tunguska that he went on to devote the next eight years of his life to investigating and writing about meteorite impact sites around the globe.

From the enigmatic Tunguska, Roy Gallant, a.k.a. "The Indiana Jones of Astronomy," takes us crater-hopping across the wild and desolate Russian interior, for a rare and eye-opening first hand account of the exploration of Siberia's infamous meteorite impact sites.  Braving the inhospitable tundra and dense taiga forests, the author investigates several major sites including: the Sikhote-Alin field, site of the "meteorite shower of the century", and the fall site of the famous Pallas Iron, the grand daddy of meteorites.  The enormous Popigai Crater was explored -- more than 35-million-years old and estimated to have been formed as a result of a fall with a greater impact force than Tunguska by a factor of a million.  Along the way, Gallant introduces us to the country itself, its people, and its strange and lovely flora and fauna.  Published by McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Order item BK5070
Shipping weight: 3 pounds
Price  $24.95

METEORITES – SECOND EDITION, By Dr. Alain Carion, University of Paris, 9 1/2” X 6 1/4”, 36 pages, illustrated with line drawings, tables, B & W photos, soft cover.  Translated from the French by Anne Black, Impactika.  This excellent quality, soft cover booklet contains an amazing amount of basic information for the collector.  Topics covered include historical background of early finds of meteorites dating to as early as 3200 B.C., origin of meteorites, classification, information about fakes and pseudo-meteorites, the age of meteorites, and the effects and consequences of impacts.  Special condensed reports cover selected impact sites, lunar meteorites, tektites, the disappearance of the dinosaurs, and the origin of life.  The front cover of the book has a color photograph of an attractive specimen of the Class IIB meteorite which fell at Sikhote-Alin, Russia on February 12, 1947.  An exceptional aerial color photograph of Meteor Crater, Arizona, blanketed with a winter snow fall, is featured on the back cover (see the second illustration at the left).
Published by the author, and printed in France.
Shipping weight: 1 pound
Order Item: BK5019
Price:  $12.00

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