Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

Editor(s): Gordon R. Osinski, Elisabetta Pierazzo

Published Online: 25 OCT 2012 02:48AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405198295

Online ISBN: 9781118447307

DOI: 10.1002/9781118447307

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.

Table of contents

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    3. Chapter Four

      Excavation and Impact Ejecta Emplacement (pages 43–59)

      Gordon R. Osinski, Richard A. F. Grieve and Livio L. Tornabene

    4. Chapter Nine

      Impact Melting (pages 125–145)

      Gordon R. Osinski, Richard A. F. Grieve, Cassandra Marion and Anna Chanou

    5. Chapter Eleven

      The Geomicrobiology of Impact Structures (pages 157–176)

      Charles S. Cockell, Gordon R. Osinski and Mary A. Voytek

    6. Chapter Thirteen

      Remote Sensing of Impact Craters (pages 194–210)

      Shawn P. Wright, Livio L. Tornabene and Michael S. Ramsey

    7. Chapter Seventeen

      Numerical Modelling of Impact Processes (pages 254–270)

      Gareth S. Collins, Kai Wünnemann, Natalia Artemieva and Elisabetta Pierazzo

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