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The Falling Sky: The Science and History of Meteorites and Why We Should Learn to Love Them

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Astonishing new research suggests that 470 million years ago, an enormous collision in the Asteroid Belt, which orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter, bombarded the Earth with meteorites. That bombardment may have resulted in the single greatest increase in biological diversity on the planet since life began. Introducing these revolutionary discoveries to the general pub ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Lyons Press (first published October 4th 2011)
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Don Best
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of those quirky picks at the library. This is a good book and a much, much more involved than the title would suggest. It is about meteorites and some of the Ripley's Believe It or Not incidents humans have experienced up close, interesting in itself, but how the science community has gone from denying the existence of rocks from space (volcanoes, maybe from lightening, peasant folklore) in the 1700's to studying patterns, documenting eyewitnesses and slowly proving to the scientific elite ( ...more
Nicole Garcia
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Amateur Scientist
First off, I'd like to say that Ted Nield is a brilliant man! He has a vast knowledge of geology and space.

In this book he shares his experiences and the experiences of fellow scientists in regards to the history of meteorites and what they can tell us about Earth. I wanted to love this book, but found it a bit slow. The authors writing and attention to detail were immaculate, but through that attention to detail, I got lost in an overload of information and felt I had to read it at a slower pa
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