Meteorites, like minerals, have become prized collectors’ items. Public interest in meteorites has increased markedly, fueled in large measure by the momentum of scientific discovery over the last several decades. The mineralogy of meteorites has been summarized within a recent MSA Reviews in Mineralogy (Volume 36, Planetary Materials), but that treatment is too technical for most undergraduate students, non-geologists, and amateur enthusiasts. Two new books, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites (henceforth “CEM”) and Meteorites: A Journey through Space and Time (henceforth “MET”), thoroughly describe extraterrestrial materials with a minimum of required background and jargon, while...

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