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Asteroids and Meteorites
  • Authored by: Timothy Kusky, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: The Hazardous Earth
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6469-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 551
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 144


Asteroids and comets are space objects that orbit the Sun. When they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they often make a streak of light known as a meteor, and if they are not burned up in the atmosphere, the remaining rocky or metallic body forms a meteorite.

Asteroids and Meteorites examines the many craters on Earth that have formed as a result of meteorites or asteroids crashing into the planet, excavating huge holes and wreaking widespread destruction on the landscape. Readers will gain an understanding of the origin of asteroids, meteorites, and comets, including where they are located in the solar system and different models for their origin. Coverage also includes the physical processes that occur during the impact of these objects with the Earth along with the specific hazards associated with large and small impacts such as earthquakes, giant tsunamis, and global firestorms. Loaded with black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, as well as an index, glossary, sidebars, and further reading, this comprehensive resource is essential for middle and high school students.

Chapters include:

  • Origin of Planets, Asteroids, and Comets
  • Orbits and Compositional Classification of Meteorites
  • Meteorite and Cometary Impact Cratering Mechanics and Consequences
  • Mass Extinctions and Catastrophes
  • Hazards of Impacts and Mitigating the Dangers of Future Impacts.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Further reading. Web sites. Sidebars. Tables.

About the Author(s)

Timothy Kusky holds a Ph.D. degree in Earth and planetary sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and is the Paul C. Reinert Professor of Natural Sciences at Saint Louis University in Missouri and the director of the Center for Environmental Sciences in St. Louis. He has published more than 600 research papers and articles in journals such as Science, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Tectonics, and more than 20 books including Geological Hazards. Kusky is also the author of Facts On File's acclaimed Encyclopedia of Earth Science.

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