Book 2007

Comet/Asteroid Impacts and Human Society

An Interdisciplinary Approach


ISBN: 978-3-540-32709-7 (Print) 978-3-540-32711-0 (Online)

Table of contents (33 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXVI

  2. Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

    2. Chapter

      Pages 3-24

      The Geologic Record of Destructive Impact Events on Earth

    3. Chapter

      Pages 25-70

      The Archaeology and Anthropology of Quaternary Period Cosmic Impact

    4. Chapter

      Pages 71-87

      The Sky on the Ground: Celestial Objects and Events in Archaeology and Popular Culture

    5. Chapter

      Pages 89-103

      Umm al Binni Structure, Southern Iraq, as a Postulated Late Holocene Meteorite Impact Crater

    6. Chapter

      Pages 105-122

      Tree-Rings Indicate Global Environmental Downturns that could have been Caused by Comet Debris

    7. Chapter

      Pages 123-141

      The GGE Threat: Facing and Coping with Global Geophysical Events

  3. Astronomy and Physical Implications

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 143-143

    2. Chapter

      Pages 145-162

      The Asteroid Impact Hazard and Interdisciplinary Issues

    3. Chapter

      Pages 163-173

      The Impact Hazard: Advanced NEO Surveys and Societal Responses

    4. Chapter

      Pages 175-187

      Understanding the Near-Earth Object Population: the 2004 Perspective

    5. Chapter

      Pages 189-201

      Physical Properties of NEOs and Risks of an Impact: Current Knowledge and Future Challenges

    6. Chapter

      Pages 203-210

      Evaluating the Risk of Impacts and the Efficiency of Risk Reduction

    7. Chapter

      Pages 211-224

      Physical Effects of Comet and Asteroid Impacts: Beyond the Crater Rim

    8. Chapter

      Pages 225-245

      Frequent Ozone Depletion Resulting from Impacts of Asteroids and Comets

    9. Chapter

      Pages 247-263

      Tsunami as a Destructive Aftermath of Oceanic Impacts

    10. Chapter

      Pages 265-275

      The Physical and Social Effects of the Kaali Meteorite Impact — a Review

    11. Chapter

      Pages 277-289

      The Climatic Effects of Asteroid and Comet Impacts: Consequences for an Increasingly Interconnected Society

    12. Chapter

      Pages 291-301

      Nature of the Tunguska Impactor Based on Peat Material from the Explosion Area

    13. Chapter

      Pages 303-330

      The Tunguska Event

    14. Chapter

      Pages 331-339

      Tunguska (1908) and Its Relevance for Comet/Asteroid Impact Statistics

    15. Chapter

      Pages 341-351

      Atmospheric Megacryometeor Events versus Small Meteorite Impacts: Scientific and Human Perspective of a Potential Natural Hazard

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