Catastrophic Events Caused by Cosmic Objects

  • Vitaly Adushkin
  • Ivan Nemchinov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Ivan Nemchinov, Valery Shuvalov, Vladimir Svetsov
    Pages 1-89
  3. Marina Kuzmitcheva, Boris Ivanov
    Pages 117-130
  4. Olga Popova, Ivan Nemchinov
    Pages 131-162
  5. Vladimir Svetsov, Valery Shuvalov
    Pages 227-266
  6. Valery Shuvalov, Irina Trubetskaya, Natalia Artemieva
    Pages 291-311
  7. Ivan Nemchinov, Valery Shuvalov, Aleksey Kovalev, Igor Kosarev, Yulius Zetzer
    Pages 313-332
  8. Galina Pechernikova, Andrei Vityazev
    Pages 333-350
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 351-357

About this book


Many times all of us could hear from mass media that an asteroid approached and swept past the Earth. Such an asteroid or comet will inevitably strike the planet some day. This volume considers hazards due to collisions with cosmic objects, particularly in light of recent investigations of impacts by the authors. Each chapter written by an expert contains an overview of an aspect and new findings in the field. The main hazardous effects – cratering, shock, aerial and seismic waves, fires, ejection of dust and soot, tsunami are described and numerically estimated. Numerical simulations of impacts and impact consequences have received much attention in the book. Fairly small impacting objects 50 -100 m in diameter pose a real threat to humanity and their influence on the atmosphere and ionosphere is emphasized. Especially vulnerable are industrially developed areas with dense population, almost all Europe is one of them. Special chapters are devoted to the famous 1908 Tunguska event and new results of its simulations, bolides in the atmosphere and impacts on the early Earth.


Asteroids and comets Cratering Impacts Mass extinctions Natural hazards Planet Potential Tsunami

Editors and affiliations

  • Vitaly Adushkin
    • 1
  • Ivan Nemchinov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Dynamics of GeospheresRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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