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AEG President Ken Fergason on the road
Ken Fergason is hitting the road this week with his first major tour as AEG's president. Stops include California for a visit with the San Francisco Section and a stop at the Groundwater Resources Association of California Annual Conference. From there, it's off to Vancouver for the Geological Society of America Annual Conference.

Follow along by visiting his blog.
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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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NSF awards $15 million to environmental science data project
National Science Foundation
Through a collaboration of DataONE and multiple partners, bird occurrence data collected by citizen scientists has been combined with land use data to allow researchers to map over 300 bird species against important environmental factors. With this information, they were able to more accurately assess the degree of protection required for each species and the responsibility of public land agencies.

This effort is one example of DataONE's accomplishments, which will continue to expand through a $15 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, part of an accomplishment based renewal.

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USGS predicts large earthquake for Northern California
VideoBriefA new study from the United States Geological Survey released information on four Northern California faults. The study indicated that the Hayward, Rodgers Creek, Green Valley and Calaveras faults are loaded with enough tension to start a 6.8 or higher earthquake. All four of the faults are part of the San Andreas fault system that runs through both Hollister and San Juan Bautista. Scientists believe these fault lines will deliver major quakes in the next 30 years.
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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.

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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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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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Underground caves: Better water supply in karst areas
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology via ScienceDaily
Drinking water is scarce in the Indonesian region of Gunung Kidul. In this karst area, rainwater quickly drains into the ground, accumulates in an underground cave system and flows into the ocean unused. For several years now, scientists have developed simple technologies to extract and distribute this water under the "Integrated Water Resources Management" project.
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Scientists find ancient mountains that fed early life
Australian National University via ScienceDaily
Scientists have found a huge mountain range in Gondwana, 600 million years ago. It ran from modern west Africa to northeast Brazil, and as it eroded, it fed the oceans with nutrients that fueled an explosion of early life on Earth.
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Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests
Geology Times
Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21,000 year ago, oceanographer Alan Condron of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida. The models are supported by the discovery of iceberg scour marks on the sea floor along the entire continental shelf.
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