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History of the meteorite collection of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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Marina A. Ivanova
Marina A. Ivanova
Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences, Kosygin St, 19, Moscow 119991, Russia (e-mail: venus2@online.ru)
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Mikhail A. Nazarov
Mikhail A. Nazarov
Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences, Kosygin St, 19, Moscow 119991, Russia (e-mail: venus2@online.ru)
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Published:
January 01, 2006

Abstract

The meteorite collection of the Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest and most unique collection of meteorites in Russia, and one of the famous meteorite collections in the world. The collection contains more than 1230 meteorites and approximately 25 000 individual samples. It also has samples of tektites and impactites, rocks from terrestrial impact craters. Practically all types of meteorites are represented in the collection, making it an excellent foundation for scientific investigations in Russia and worldwide. One hundred and ninety of the collection's meteorites came from territory that was under Russian jurisdiction at the time of accession. The meteorites are mostly represented by main masses and most of them are of historical significance.

The Academy of Sciences’ meteorite collection played a significant role in the formation of the science of meteoritics. As well as a scientific resource, the Academy of Sciences’ meteorite collection is a unique social phenomenon.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections: Fireballs, Falls and Finds

G.J.H. McCall
G.J.H. McCall
National Museums Liverpool, UK
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A.J. Bowden
A.J. Bowden
National Museums Liverpool, UK
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R.J. Howarth
R.J. Howarth
University College London, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
256
ISBN electronic:
9781862395046
Publication date:
January 01, 2006

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