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Katherine Cullen. p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8160-7005-3 (set : acid-free paper) ISBN 978-1-4381-2859-7 (e-book) 1. Earth sciences—Encyclopedias. 2. Space sciences—Encyclopedias. I. Cullen, Katherine E. II. Title.

QE5.K845 2010 550.3—dc22 2009015655

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