In its broadest sense, the evolution of meteoroid streams and the generation of meteor showers has been understood for some considerable time. However, it is only in recent years that the computational capabilities have been available to allow realistic models of meteoroid streams to be developed and much success has been obtained in doing this. The aim of this review was to discuss the underlying principles of meteor stream evolution, including formation. Many of the aspects touched upon here will be revisited in following chapters.
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