Accretion of Extraterrestrial Matter Throughout Earth’s History

Editors: Peucker-Ehrenbrink, Bernhard, Schmitz, Birger (Eds.)

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Every year Earth is bombarded with about 40,000 tons of extraterrestrial material. This includes microscopic cosmic dust particles shed by comets and asteroids in outer space, meteorites, as well as large comets and asteroids that have led to catastrophic events in the geologic past. Originally considered only a curiosity, extraterrestrial matter found on Earth provides the only samples we have from comets, asteroids and other planets. Only recently mankind has started to actively collect extraterrestrial matter in space (Apollo program, Stardust mission) rather than to wait for its delivery to Earth. Still, most of our knowledge of the origin and evolution of our solar system is based on careful studies of meteorites, cosmic dust, and traces of large impact events in the geologic record such as the mass extinction that terminated the Cretaceous Period and led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
This book summarizes our current knowledge of the properties, origin, orbital evolution and accretion mechanism of extraterrestrial matter accreted on Earth and sheds light on accretion processes and fluxes in the geologic past. The chapters in the first part of the book are arranged in order to follow extraterrestrial matter from its origin in space, its orbital evolution on its way to Earth, its interaction with the Earth magnetosphere and atmosphere to its more or less violent collision with the Earth's surface. In the second part of the book several chapters deal with the present?day flux of cosmic dust and meteorites to Earth. Finally, several chapters deal with the reconstruction of the accretion history of extraterrestrial matter on Earth, starting with the most recent geologic past and ending with the very early, violent accretion period shortly after the formation of Earth, Moon and other solid planets in our solar system.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • The Origin and Properties of Dust Impacting the Earth

    Brownlee, Donald E.

    Pages 1-12

  • Sources and Orbital Evolution of Interplanetary Dust Accreted by Earth

    Kortenkamp, Stephen J. (et al.)

    Pages 13-30

  • Delivery of Material from the Asteroid Belt

    Farinella, Paolo (et al.)

    Pages 31-49

  • The Influx of Comets and their Debris

    Napier, William M.

    Pages 51-74

  • Spacecraft Measurements of the Cosmic Dust Flux

    Zook, Herbert A.

    Pages 75-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Accretion of Extraterrestrial Matter Throughout Earth’s History
Editors
  • Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink
  • Birger Schmitz
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8694-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8694-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46689-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-4668-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 466
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