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2015 AEG Shlemon Conference to be held in Seattle
The conference, "Time to Face the Landslide Hazard Dilemma: Bridging Science, Policy, Public Safety, and Potential Loss," will be held Feb. 26-28, 2015, in Seattle.

The first two days will consist of technical and other presentations by invited speakers, posters, discussion sessions and workshops regarding landslide hazard assessment and risk methodology; current state and local programs and how these can be integrated into current and potential future national programs; what's working and where do we need to improve; how we can develop consensus recommendations and guidance for agencies responsible for land use and more. There also will be an optional field trip to the Oso landslide and another recent landslide impacting several houses in Everett, Washington, on Feb. 28.
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AEG to the rescue: Geology, karma and Charles Livingston
Enviro-Equipment Blog
Brian E. Chew Sr. has been vice president of Enviro Equipment, Inc. since 1993. In this blog post, Chew recounts how his AEG ties led to a favor for fellow member Charles Livingston — and garnered some positive karma along the way.
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'Geoscience for Everyone Day' promotes Earth science careers
American Geosciences Institute
Join the Earth Science Week team in encouraging everyone to explore geoscience careers on "Geoscience for Everyone Day," Thursday, Oct. 16.

If you're an educator, invite a geoscientist to speak in your classroom. If you're a geoscientist, visit a school or volunteer at a science center. Organize a scout event, lead a field trip or hold a special "Take Your Child to Work Day." You can make a real difference during Earth Science Week 2014 by opening a young person's eyes to the world of Earth science.

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In planet-or-not debate, some astronomers say, 'Long live Planet Pluto'
National Geographic
Pluto is the poster child for a contentious debate over how to define the term "planet." Disagreements continue over Pluto's planetary status, with a recent debate held at Harvard for scientists to weigh the pros and cons.

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What set the Earth's plates in motion?
Geology Times
The mystery of what kick-started the motion of Earth's massive tectonic plates across its surface has been explained by researchers at the University of Sydney. "Earth is the only planet in our solar system where the process of plate tectonics occurs," said Professor Patrice Rey, from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences.

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A rare Arctic land sale stokes worry in Norway
The New York Times
For anyone in the market for a majestic waterfront property with easy access to the North Pole, Ole Einar Gjerde has a deal. But the sale of the property has kicked up a noisy storm fed by alarm over the Arctic ambitions of a Chinese real estate tycoon with deep pockets.

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Researcher receives $1.2 million to create real-time seismic imaging system
Geology Times
Dr. WenZhan Song, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a real-time seismic imaging system using ambient noise. This imaging system for shallow earth structures could be used to study and monitor the sustainability of the subsurface and potential hazards of geological structures. Song and his collaborators, Yao Xie of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Fan-Chi Lin of the University of Utah, will use ambient noise to image the subsurface of geysers in Yellowstone National Park.
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Climate change alters the ecological impacts of seasons
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft via ScienceDaily
If more of the world's climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insects, malaria transmission and even confuse migration patterns of birds and mammals worldwide. The daily and nightly differences in temperatures worldwide are fast approaching yearly differences between summer and winter temperatures.
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Alaskan megathrust fault more active under Kodiak
EARTH Magazine
n 1964, a magnitude-9.2 earthquake ruptured two segments of the Alaskan megathrust fault along more than 900 kilometers from Prince William Sound to Kodiak Island. Historical and paleoseismic evidence has hinted at previous events in this region in 1788 and about 1100, and now a team working on Kodiak Island has found clues of another large event that struck about 500 years ago. The find makes the recurrence interval for the tsunami-producing fault much shorter, potentially increasing the earthquake and tsunami hazard profile, not only for Alaska but also Hawaii and California.
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