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By Kathleen Mark

ISBN-10: 0816509026

ISBN-13: 9780816509027

The clinical neighborhood has argued for many years over the starting place of big craters on this planet. In a hugely readable style, Kathleen Mark recounts the attention-grabbing detective tale of the way scientists got here to acknowledge metorite craters, either historic and comparatively fresh.

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It was felt that before investing further capital, definite information should be obtained as to the depth and location of the buried meteorite. Shortly before Barringer's death, advice was sought from F. R. Moulton, a well-known mathematician and astronomer who for many years was a professor at the University of Chicago. He had been noted for ballistic research during World War I, and was known for his part in development of the Moulton-Chamberlin planetesimal hypothesis, which suggested that planets were formed by the aggregation of smaller bodies.

Dutton, of the United States Geological Survey, recognized spires and pinnacles of another type as volcanic "necks," composed of hard volcanic rock and debris. They had evidently formed with the cessation of volcanic action, when cooling lava congealed within vents through which volcanic extrusions once reached a ground surface hundreds of feet higher than that of the present. The upper layers of regional rock through which the hot volcanic material forced its way have been removed by erosion along with the extruded lava.

Crystal patterns in the Pallas Iron were very small and indistinct, and investigation of them was hard on the eyes. Nevertheless, Thomson's report included a drawing of them sufficiently enlarged for the complicated structure to be clearly seen. He noted that the widely held opinion that a crystalline metal must be brittle was not correct, for a malleable metal, such as that of meteorites, could be crystalline. His work apparently escaped general attention, although an account of it was published in the Atti delV Accademia delle Scienze di Siena in 1808.

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