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Author Rubin, Alan E. (Alan Edward), 1953-
Title Disturbing the solar system : impacts, close encounters, and coming attractions / Alan E. Rubin.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2002]

Author Rubin, Alan E. (Alan Edward), 1953-
Subject Gravity.
Catastrophes (Geology)
Life on other planets.
Description xv, 361 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-352) and index.
Contents PART 1: OVERVIEW OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM: A brief history of the Solar System -- Where are we? The location of the Solar System -- Heat sources -- PART 2: EARTH AND MOON: The magnetic Earth -- Ice ages -- Origin of the Moon -- PART 3: SMALL BODIES, IMPACTS, AND RINGS: Asteriods and meteorites -- What heated the asteroids -- Mesosiderites: biography of a shocked and melted asteroid -- Meteor crater -- The lunar crater controversy: a brief retelling -- Dinosaurs and the cretaceous-tertiary extinction -- Recent impacts: Tunguska to Shoemaker-Levy 9 -- Rings and shepherds -- PART 4: LIFE BEYOND EARTH: The search for life on Mars -- Panspermia -- Paucity of aliens -- Human response to first contact.
ISBN 0691074747 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 48221485
Table of Contents
Pt. 1Overview of the Solar System 
 IA Brief History of the Solar System3
 IIWhere Are We? The Location of the Solar System17
 IIIHeat Sources33
Pt. 2Earth and Moon 
 IVThe Magnetic Earth47
 VIce Ages63
 VIOrigin of the Moon84
Pt. 3Small Bodies, Impacts, and Rings 
 VIIAsteroids and Meteorites99
 VIIIWhat Heated the Asteroids?118
 IXMesosiderites: Biography of a Shocked and Melted Asteroid129
 XMeteor Crater143
 XIThe Lunar Crater Controversy - a Brief Retelling158
 XIIDinosaurs and the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction167
 XIIIRecent Impacts: Tunguska to Shoemaker-Levy 9183
 XIVTektites: A Glass Menagerie200
 XVRings and Shepherds215
Pt. 4Life beyond Earth 
 XVIThe Search for Life on Mars235
 XVIIIPaucity of Aliens281
 XIXHuman Response to First Contact299
 Additional Reading343

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