Buy Used
+ £0.00 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by goldstone_books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. All orders are dispatched within 1 working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Impact Earth: Asteroids, Comets and Meteoroids - The Growing Threat Paperback – 10 Feb 2000

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
£8.24 £0.01
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

60 Kindle Books for £1
Browse our selection of Kindle Books discounted to £1 each. Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New edition edition (10 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753504014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753504017
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,579,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Amazon Review

Over the past decade the United States' nuclear-detection system and spy satellites have registered 250 atomic-bomb-sized detonations on and about our planet. Why were we not told? Well, we were, now and again, when someone felt like mentioning it, and when the world's media, starved of other news, could be bothered to run the story. Why were these explosions not newsworthy? Because they come, not from the arsenals of hostile states, but from comets and asteroids impacting with the Earth's atmosphere.

We assume these events are rare. They are not. Their time-averaged death toll equals that of earthquakes and major floods. We assume these impacts rarely affect our lives. Atkinson convincingly demonstrates that meteor and asteroid strikes have, and will again, skew human history in spectacular and terrible ways.

Impacts from objects no bigger than a cricket ball can, under the right conditions, wipe out cities. There is nothing we can do about them, as such objects are too small to be detected. On the other hand, bigger objects--the planet killers of films like First Impact and Armageddon--can be detected, and diverted, with existing technology but only if there is the global will to act accordingly. Impact Earth is a call to political arms as well as a work of popular science. It is deliberately sensationalist, and entirely serious. Atkinson, like many of the distinguished observers and scientists he quotes, is attempting to put cosmic debris strikes on the world political agenda. He is entitled to be loud. --Simon Ings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 2 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on 17 June 1999
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 28 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most helpful customer reviews on 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
2 people found this helpful.
4.0 out of 5 starsIdiosyncratic but fascinating work
on 24 July 2002 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
3 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsA chilling and captivating book
on 25 June 1999 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
3 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsTerrifyingly authentic popular science makes great impact
on 1 November 1999 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
1.0 out of 5 starsCryptoscience at best.
on 13 March 2002 - Published on

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?