Impact Cratering: Processes and Products
Copyright © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Editor(s): Gordon R. Osinski, Elisabetta Pierazzo
Published Online: 25 OCT 2012 02:48AM EST
Print ISBN: 9781405198295
Online ISBN: 9781118447307
About this Book
Impact cratering is arguably the most ubiquitous geological process in the Solar System. It has played an important role in Earth's history, shaping the geological landscape, affecting the evolution of life, and generating economic resources. However, it was only in the latter half of the 20th century that the importance of impact cratering as a geological process was recognized and only during the past couple of decades that the study of meteorite impact structures has moved into the mainstream. This book seeks to fill a critical gap in the literature by providing an overview text covering broad aspects of the impact cratering process and aimed at graduate students, professionals and researchers alike. It introduces readers to the threat and nature of impactors, the impact cratering process, the products, and the effects - both destructive and beneficial. A series of chapters on the various techniques used to study impact craters provide a foundation for anyone studying impact craters for the first time.