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Fossils' surroundings shed light on extinction and environmental changes
Penn State
Steve Holland, from the University of Georgia, and Mark Patzkowsky, from Penn State, pioneered the field of stratigraphic architecture, which uses the context of fossils — the structure of the sediments they are embedded in — to better understand the ecology and evolution of the fossil organisms.
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Iceland rising as much as 1.4 inches a year, could increase volcanic activity
Fox News
VideoBrief A University of Arizona-led research team discovered the Earth's crust under Iceland is rebounding as global warming melts the island's great ice caps. Scientists have researched the relatively fast rising of the Icelandic crust for years. But the team's paper, which can be found in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letter, is the first to show "the current fast uplift of the Icelandic crust is a result of accelerated melting of the island's glaciers."
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Gully patterns document Martian climate cycles
R&D
Geologists from Brown University have found new evidence that glacier-like ice deposits advanced and retreated multiple times in the mid-latitude regions of Mars in the relatively recent past. For the study, in Icarus, the researchers looked at hundreds of gully-like features found on the walls of impact craters throughout the Martian mid-latitudes.
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AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now past due
AIPG
Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the Bylaws. Suspensions will occur on Feb. 15. Payments after Feb. 15 will be charged a $20 late fee. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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AIPG call for abstracts — Ohio 2015 Conference
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AIPG Conference on The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources — The role of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Development of the Utica, Marcellus and other Devonian Shales of the Appalachian Basin with Ohio's Geology in Core and Outcrop Short Course and Field Trip. The conference is being held April 27-29, in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations are on April 28 and 29 with a half day short course and a half day field trip on April 27. Co-hosted by the AIPG Ohio Section. Sponsors and Exhibitors are welcome. For additional information contact Cathy Duran at cld@aipg.org or call 303-412-6205.
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Geoscience Currents #96: US geoscience enrollments and degrees robust in 2014
American Geosciences Institute
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2013-2014 academic year. Enrollments continued its long-term growth trend with 6 percent and 4.5 percent increases for undergraduate and graduate enrollments, respectively. Degree production at U.S. geoscience programs also remained strong. The revised 2013 enrollments showed a surge to over 4000 awarded bachelor degrees. The sudden increase in Master's degrees awarded in 2012 has become persistent with continued strong growth at that level, with some of that growth at the expense of doctoral program enrollments.
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AIPG call for abstracts — Alaska 2015 National Conference
AIPG
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Annual National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska! Present and attend the technical sessions on Sept. 21-22. The technical session presentations will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS. The room rate is $137. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by May 4.
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AIPG student scholarship applications due Feb. 15
AIPG
AIPG Student Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship applications are due Feb. 15. For details on the undergraduate scholarship, click here. For details on the graduate scholarship, click here. If you have any questions call 303-412-6205 or email aipg@aipg.org.
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AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
AIPG
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24-25 with an optional field trip on Friday, June 26. The schedule is structured to allow plenty of time to browse and participate in the Energy Exposition. Registration will include "Breakfast and a Movie" both days, lunch and reduced ticket pricing for the Expo dinner on June 25. Click here for additional information on the Energy Exposition. The technical session presentations will be held at the Rimrock Arena within the MetraPark Expo Center, 308 6th Avenue N., in Billings, Montana. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by March 9.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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AIPG T-shirt available
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
Feb. 13 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Tucson, Arizona
March 14-21 AIPG Kentucky Section Bahamas Short Course Field Trip Announcements
April 11 AIPG Georgia Section Field Trip Southern Ionics Heavy Mineral Mine
April 27-29 AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin Columbus, Ohio
June 24-25 2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG Billings, Montana
Sept. 19-22 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section
Sept. 29-30 AIPG Georgia Section: "Innovative Environmental Assessment of Remediation Technology Kennesaw, Georgia
Sept. 9-13, 2016 AIPG 2016 National Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico


INDUSTRY NEWS


Distinct rise in global ocean temperatures detected
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
A global network of profiling floats that provides scientists the most accurate means of observing energy accumulation in the climate system has detected an increase in the temperature of the world's oceans over a recent eight-year period. Researchers found that the top 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) of the world's oceans warmed at a rate of 0.4 to 0.6 watts per square meter (W/m2) between 2006 and 2013.
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200 years of maps, From William Smith's survey to satellites
Science 2.0
This year marks the 200th anniversary since William Smith published his life's work, a geological map of England and Wales, in 1815. Smith made the scientific leap that the rocks of the Earth's crust could be overlaid onto a basic topographic map, in doing so giving birth to the science of geology. The fact that he single handily managed to map the whole of England and Wales, in his spare time, to produce a map that is remarkably accurate even today is, to any modern geologist, truly breathtaking.
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Fossils from a new aetosaur species discovered in North Carolina
Appalachian State University
Some 230 million years ago, a distant relative of the crocodile, called an aetosaur, roamed prehistoric Earth. Aetosaurs were about 3 to 15 feet long and covered head to toe with bony plates that served as a type of body armor. A series of recently discovered armor plates from North Carolina are distinct from any others previously discovered.
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Scientists gather at USGS to discuss findings from Napa quake
KGO-TV
VideoBrief Five months after the South Napa earthquake, scientists gathered on Jan. 28 at the U.S. Geological Survey to talk about what they're learning from it and what it means for the next big one here in the Bay Area. As scientists try to forecast how long the after slip will continue, a lot of people are watching them.
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Oldest snake fossils show they thrived in the age of dinosaurs
CBS News
Researchers have unearthed the fossil remains of four snakes that are 70 million years older than the oldest snake previously discovered. The finds rewrite what scientists know about the creatures, showing that they were slithering alongside pterodactyls and other dinosaurs as early as 167 million years ago.
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Expedition to investigate Mount Erebus
Radio New Zealand
A group of New Zealand, American and Japanese geologists is due to leave Christchurch for Antarctica to investigate one of the least studied active volcanoes in the world, Mount Erebus. The 3,800-meter volcano is on Ross Island, 35 kilometers from Scott Base in Antarctica. The project will use a special geophysical technique for looking beneath the volcano and finding out how molten rock ascends from deep in the earth's crust to the surface.
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The source of gypsum in the longest cave system in the world
Geology via Science Codex
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, is the longest cave system in the world. Many of the dry passages of the cave are lined with gypsum, yet despite nearly a century of research, the source of the gypsum sulfur remains uncertain. Identifying the sulfur source is important because it reveals how fluids move through the cave, which helps geologists understand cave formation and engineers understand chemical transport in karst terrains.
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