[np]: Daniel Moreau Barringer, 1916.
First edition.  pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to His Son. Original full brown morocco, spine lettered in gilt. Extremities rubbed, with loss at head, else Fine. Item #225579
Flyleaf inscribed by Barringer' to his son Richard on 3 May 1922 on his 13th birthday
Daniel Moreau Barringer (1860 - 1929) is best known for being the first person to prove the existence of a meteorite crater on Earth, the Barringer Meteorite Crater, or Meteor Crater, in Arizona. Upon hearing of the existence of the crater and the meteoritic iron, Barringer became convinced that the crater was of meteoritic origin. With both scientific and monetary aims in mind, Barringer created the Standard Iron Company in order to mine the crater for the iron that he assumed must be buried under the surface. The mining of the crater continued until 1929 without ever finding the ten-million ton meteorite that Barringer assumed must be hidden. At this time the astronomer Forest Ray Moulton performed calculations on the energy expended by the meteorite on impact, and concluded that the meteorite had most likely vaporized when it landed. By this point Barringer had spent over $600,000 in mining the crater, nearly bankrupting him, with no iron profits to show for it. By the time of his death, Barringer had convinced most of the scientific community that his impact theory was correct. The theory has been further confirmed with new evidence since then, most notably by Eugene Shoemaker in the 1960s.
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