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Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V

Product Code: USPE518
Series: GSA Special Papers
Author/Editor: Edited by Gordon R. Osinski and David A. Kring
Publication Date: 20 October 2015
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GSA Special Paper 518

Impact cratering is one of the most fundamental geological processes. On many planets, impact craters are the dominant geological landform. On Earth, erosion, plate tectonics, and volcanic resurfacing continually destroy the impact cratering record, but even here, the geological, biological, and environmental effects of impact cratering are apparent. Impact events are destructive and have been linked to at least one of the “big five” mass extinctions over the past 540 Ma. Intriguingly, impact craters can also have beneficial effects. Many impact craters are associated with economic metalliferous ore deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs. This Special Paper provides an up-to-date synthesis of impact cratering processes; the role of meteorite impacts in the origin of life, products, and effects; and the techniques used to study impact craters on Earth and other planetary bodies. This volume resulted from the Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V conference held in Sudbury, Canada, in August 2013.

Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780813725185
Publisher: GSA
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 227
Weight: 0.8 kg


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