Rain of Iron and Ice: The Very Real Threat of Comet and Asteroid Bombardment

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Basic Books, Jan 1, 1997 - Science - 240 pages
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In the first book for the general reader that presents the full range of scientific evidence for past and possibly future dangers, noted planetologist and impact-crater expert John S. Lewis shows us the unmistakable evidence - from space-probe flybys of the planets to the scars on our own Earth - of cataclysmic comet and asteroid impacts. By comparing what we know about the earth's geology and paleontology with the images of the other planets and moons in our solar system, Lewis makes the strongest case yet for sudden, dramatic extinctions and assesses the risks to planet Earth. Not even Darwin was aware of the events now seen as having played such a crucial role in the evolution of life on earth. Lewis tells of the dangers to our civilization, dangers in the form of near-earth asteroids, or NEAs, whose impact could destroy in an instant what it has taken humans millennia to build. Finally, he describes the searches and preventive measures being undertaken today by scientists around the globe to ward off this threat from space.
  

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Rain of iron and ice: the very real threat of comet and asteroid bombardment

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
STONES THAT FALL FROM THE SKY
10
EARTH
30
STEALTH WEAPONS FROM SPACE
37
BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUNS
55
THE CRATERED PLANETS
64
NEAREARTH OBJECTS
75
THE BASHFUL FACE OF MARS
91
YOU FOUND WHAT ON MERCURY??
131
COMET AND ASTEROID FAMILIES
138
CRATERS IN THE OCEAN DONT LAST
150
EFFECTS ON HUMAN POPULATIONS
162
SIMULATIONS BY COMPUTER
183
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
206
AFTERWORD TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION
223
SUGGESTED READING
227

ENDS OF GEOLOGICAL AGES
100
EARTHS TWIN
116
INDEX
229
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John S. Lewis, author of Rain of Iron and Ice, is professor of planetary sciences and codirector of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona-Tucson. He has chaired international conferences on space resources and is a globally recognized expert on the subject.

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