Meteoritics and Solar System History

ISS 230

NS Cultural and intellectual history of meteorites, the science of meteoritics and our knowledge of the Solar System. Examination of actual specimens, classification and sourcing using microscope and microprobe analyses. Weathering effects and dating techniques. Interaction with the latest computer simulations and visualizations of planetary, asteroid and meteoroid orbits and collisions, formation of gravitational ring structures and complex travel trajectories. Dynamics of fiery flight through Earth’s atmosphere and distribution of fragments on the ground. Methods of finding falls using seismography, Doppler radar and all-sky cameras. Methods of identifying meteorites in the field. Instructor: Gessler. One course. C-L: Earth and Ocean Sciences 230 

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EOS 230

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