A picture is worth a thousand words, and there are many hundreds of thousands of words in this tome on meteorites. However, not all of them are readily understandable by the uninitiated, and that generally includes the mineralogists and petrologists reading this review. Hence a little background…

Meteorites have not been dealt with adequately in Earth science courses in Canada, because, well, they are not from Earth, by definition. Meteoritics, the science of meteorites, often mentioned in the same breath as planetary science(s), sounds like it might have to do with weather, whereas the latter includes all kinds of subdisciplines...

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