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Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet

Author: Chandra Wickramasinghe
Publisher: London : Souvenir, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, in this account of his pioneering work as an astronomer, sees comets with their magnificent tails of cosmic dust as being both a life giving force for our planet and equally as destroyers of life."--Dust jacket flap.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chandra Wickramasinghe
ISBN: 0285636065 9780285636064
OCLC Number: 50089938
Description: 256 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Astronomical Backdrop 1 --
2. The Planetary Zoo 16 --
3. A Planet Grooms for Life 28 --
4. First Steps in a Cosmic Nursery 45 --
5. The Cosmic Dust Trail 57 --
6. A Galaxyful of Bacteria 74 --
7. Comets, the Cosmic Dragons 87 --
8. Dragons Fall from the Skies 97 --
9. Asteroid Threat in Modern Times 126 --
10. Dragons Breathe Death 136 --
11. Dragons Bring in the Shivers 157 --
12. Dragons Come Home to Roost 168.
Responsibility: Chandra Wickramasinghe.

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"Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, in this account of his pioneering work as an astronomer, sees comets with their magnificent tails of cosmic dust as being both a life giving force for our planet and equally as destroyers of life."--Dust jacket flap.
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