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Impact : how rocks from space led to life, culture, and Donkey Kong  Cover Image Book Book

Impact : how rocks from space led to life, culture, and Donkey Kong / Greg Brennecka.

Brennecka, Greg, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780063078925
  • ISBN: 0063078929
  • Physical Description: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-276) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : and so it begins -- Important early meteorite strikes -- Cosmic cinema for early humans -- Humans and heavens collide -- Prognostication, panic, and scientific progress -- Ingredients for success -- Free samples from mars -- From space to the laboratory -- Meteorite mischief and mitigation -- Modern meteorite research -- Appendices : notes on the basics of meteorite research -- Appendix 1 : the taxonomy man cometh -- Appendix 2 : equipment revolutions.
Summary, etc.:
A noted meteoriticist shows how meteorites have helped build our planet and influenced humanity since the start of civilization.
"The Solar System. Dinosaurs. Donkey Kong. What is the missing link? Surprisingly enough, it's meteorites. They explain our past, constructed our present, and could define our future. Impact argues that Earth would be a lifeless, inhospitable piece of rock without being fortuitously assaulted with meteorites throughout the history of the planet. These bombardments transformed Earth's early atmosphere and delivered the complex organic molecules that allowed life to develop on our planet. While meteorites have provided the raw materials for life to thrive, they have radically devastated life as well, most famously killing off the dinosaurs and paving the way for humans to evolve to where we are today. As noted meteoriticist Greg Brennecka explains, meteorites did not just set us on the path to becoming human, they helped direct the development of human culture. Meteorites have influenced humanity since the start of civilization. Over the centuries, meteorite falls and other cosmic cinema have started (and stopped) wars, terrified millions, and inspired religions throughout the world. With humor and an infectious enthusiasm, Brennecka reveals previously untold but important stories sure to delight and inform readers about the most important rocks on Earth"--Amazon.
Subject: Meteorites.
Collisions (Astrophysics)

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  • 5 of 7 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kent Library Association - Kent.


  • 0 current holds with 7 total copies.
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Kent Library Association - Kent 523.51 BRE (Text) 33410150973628 Adult New Nonfiction Available -

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