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Comet/Asteroid Impacts and Human Society

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Peter T. Bobrowsky
  • Hans Rickman
  • Leading specialists in various disciplines were first invited to a multidisciplinary workshop funded by ICSU on the topic to gain a better appreciation and perspective on the subject of comet/asteroid impacts as viewed by different disciplines


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVI
  2. Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology

  3. Astronomy and Physical Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. G. B. Valsecchi, A. Milani Comparetti
      Pages 203-210
    3. John W. Birks, Paul J. Crutzen, Raymond G. Roble
      Pages 225-245
    4. Siim Veski, Atko Heinsalu, Anneli Poska, Leili Saarse, Jüri Vassiljev
      Pages 265-275
    5. Evgeniy M. Kolesnikov, Kaare L. Rasmussen, Quanlin Hou, Liewen Xie, Natal’ya V. Kolesnikova
      Pages 291-301

About this book


In 1908 an atmospheric explosion in northern Siberia released energy equivalent to 15 Mton of TNT. Can a comparable or larger NEO affect us again? When the next NEO strikes Earth will it be large enough to destroy a city? Will the climate change significantly? Can archaeology and anthropology provide insights into the expected cultural responses with NEO interactions? Does society have a true grasp of the actual risks involved? Is the Great Depression a good model for the economic collapse that could follow a NEO catastrophe? This volume provides a necessary link between various disciplines and comet/asteroid impacts.


Asteroids Climate Change astronomy comets development disasters holocene population risk society

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter T. Bobrowsky
    • 1
  • Hans Rickman
    • 2
  1. 1.Geological Survey of Canada Landslides and Geotechnics ESS/GSC-CNCB/GSC-NC/EDSNatural Resources CanadaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Uppsala Astronomical ObservatoryUppsalaSweden

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