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Oso landslide — AEG members respond
The recent tragedy in Oso, Washington brings home the important work our profession does to protect the public. Unfortunately, we were not able to save those that perished in this recent event, and we wish to express our deepest sympathy to the families and community of Oso. There are a number of charities accepting donations for the community.
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Call for abstracts: 'Dam Foundations, Evaluations and Improvements'
The Dams Technical Working Group of AEG is currently accepting abstracts for presentations to be given at a symposium focused on dam foundation, evaluation and improvement projects at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Share what you know with future applied geologists
Are you interested in sharing what you've learned about the environmental and engineering geology profession with students? Do you have tips to share about preparing for a career in the geosciences? If so, please consider volunteering to be an "informational interviewer" at the 2014 AEG Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Informational interviewers will likely meet with 2-3 students for 20-30 minutes each, and they will have the opportunity to talk to students about their career goals, help them hone skills necessary for "real" interviews and prepare for a career in applied geology. If you are interested in being an informational interviewer at the 2014 AEG Annual Meeting, please contact SYPSC Chair Adair Gallisdorfer.

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Wayne Ranney — Grand Canyon Lecture
Earthly Musings
Wayne Ranney will be one of the keynote speakers and field trip guides for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. Check out his links discussing the origins of the Grand Canyon.
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Winter 2014 issue of GeoSpectrum now available
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute has sought out the most exciting and broadly relevant news from around the geosciences and brought it all together in the latest issue of GeoSpectrum. With stories, awards and meeting information from nearly 30 of AGI's Member Societies, GeoSpectrum has it all!
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Paying off a bet (AEG)
The Randa rockslide — a spectacular new video (American Geophysical Union)
Geological Society of America critical issue: Hydraulic fracturing (The Geological Society of America)
Seattle's landslide risk greater than thought (EARTH Magazine)

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Causes, consequences of global climate warming 56 million years ago studied
Geology Times
The growing and justified concern about the current global warming process has kindled the interest of the scientific community in geological records as an archive of crucial information to understand the physical and ecological effects of ancient climate changes.

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New plate tectonics model may explain how continents grow
The Huffington Post
Continents grow like onions, with rings of younger rocks added layer by layer to the perimeter of an ancient landmass. But even though scientists know where continents get bigger, plate tectonic models have never fully explained the how.

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14 dead, 176 missing in Washington state landslide
The number of dead and missing after a deadly weekend landslide in rural Washington state grew, as hope of finding any more survivors dwindled. Rescuers aided by dogs, sonar equipment and aircraft were still trying to find trapped survivors in Oso, a remote town north of Seattle, Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

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Social sciences improve tornado warnings
EARTH Magazine
In 2013, 55 people in seven states were killed by tornadoes. Now, scientists behind a new report analyzing the effectiveness of tornado-warning processes are hoping to help reduce tornado fatalities in the 2014 storm season by combining the latest storm-tracking technology with a better understanding of how communities and people respond to tornado warnings.
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The Atlantic Ocean dances with the sun and volcanoes
Geology Times
Imagine a ballroom in which two dancers apparently keep in time to their own individual rhythm. The two partners suddenly find themselves moving to the same rhythm and, after a closer look, it is clear to see which one is leading. It was an image like this that researchers at Aarhus University were able to see when they compared studies of solar energy release and volcanic activity during the last 450 years, with reconstructions of ocean temperature fluctuations during the same period.
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