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Chaohusaurus fossil shows oldest live reptile birth
Sci-News.com
A team of paleontologists led by Dr. Guan-bao Chen of Anhui Geological Museum, China, says a newly discovered fossil of a Mesozoic ichthyosaur reveals the earliest live reptile birth. Recent excavations in south Majiashan, Anhui, China, yielded more than 80 new ichthyosaur skeletons. Among the specimens was a partial skeleton that contained embryos. According to researchers, the fossil belongs to the ichthyosaur Chaohusaurus, which is the oldest of Mesozoic marine reptiles.
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1st geologic map of Jupiter's largest moon made with Voyager data
Ars Technica
The United States Geological Survey just released a geologic map of Jupiter's moon Ganymede — an icy satellite larger than Mercury. The map was created through the hard work of a team led by Wheaton College's Geoffrey Collins using imagery from the Voyager probes and the more recent Galileo mission. Much in the way that geologists can determine the relative ages of Earth rocks by noting which rocks cut into or through others, Ganymede's surface can tell us about its own geologic history.
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Scientists say they've discovered the true source of world's largest river
National Geographic
The origin of the world's largest river — by volume — has been surprisingly hard to pin down. Explorers and scientists have argued over where to locate the start of the Amazon River since at least the mid-1600s, with no fewer than five rivers in southwestern Peru given the honor over the years. Now the authors of a study published in the journal Area say they've located the mighty river's true source.
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AIPG quarterly journal
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The January/February/March 2014 student-themed issue of The Professional Geologist and e-article are now available online. All past issues are also available.
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Mark your calendar
AIPG
AIPG will have a booth at the following meetings this year. If you are attending any of these meetings please stop by and say hello or if you would like to volunteer to help staff the booth please contact the office at 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org.
  • Feb. 23-26 — SME, Salt Lake City
  • March 23-25 — GSA, Lancaster, Pa.
  • April 9-11 — GSA, Blacksburg, Va.
  • April 24-25 — GSA, Lincoln, Neb.
  • May 19-21 — GSA, Bozeman, Mont.

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AIPG Colorado Section Legislative Reception
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The reception, 5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 27, will help educate our legislators on fracking, coal and the mineral/energy industry in Colorado.
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AIPG/AGWT 3rd Oil & Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
AIPG
This conference, March 11-12 in Houston, will showcase water use and treatment technologies and water re-use opportunities related to oil and gas development and operations. Technical information-exchange conference for professionals involved with water issues, energy development and hydraulic fracture technology. Register online today.
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Call for abstracts — AIPG 5th Annual Symposium
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Peter MacKenzie, Vice President of Operations, Ohio Oil and Gas, will be the keynote speaker for this event, scheduled for April 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio. Exhibitor, sponsor and advertisement opportunities are also available.
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5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology
AIPG
AIPG Georgia Section's 5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology will be held April 23-24 at Kennesaw State University. Individual registrations, Exhibitor registrations and Sponsor registrations are open online.
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Volunteers needed for AIPG booth at SME
AIPG
AIPG will be exhibiting at the 2014 SME Annual Meeting in February. AIPG Headquarters is looking for volunteers to help staff our display booth in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center. We are asking volunteers to sign up to work in two-hour shifts.

Exhibit days are as follows:
  • Sunday, Feb. 23: 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: 8 a.m.-noon
AIPG will have VIP passes available for our volunteers for exhibit hall use only. Scheduling will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you decide to volunteer, please respond to vlh@aipg.org with your preference of day and time.

This provides us with an excellent opportunity for public outreach. This is a great chance to build our membership and talk about the benefits of AIPG. Thank You for your assistance and support! Our volunteers help AIPG to accomplish goals that we could not reach without them. Contact Vickie Hill, AIPG Membership Services Manager, vlh@aipg.org or 303-412-6205.

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New AIPG steel travel mug available
AIPG
AIPG now offers this 18-ounce stainless steel travel mug, with blue color grip and slider spill-proof lid mechanism. The price is $14 for AIPG members (includes shipping).


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New clues to predicting volcanic eruptions
ABC Science
Volcanoes are more likely to erupt when their magma is hot, liquid and runny, according to a new study. The research means the detection of large amounts of liquid magma in a volcano, implies an eruption may be imminent, according to one of the study's authors, Dr. Adam Kent of Oregon State University.

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Fast-flowing glacier reaches record speeds
The Weather Channel
One of the fastest-flowing glaciers in the world reached record speeds in 2012, according to new research based on satellite imagery. The finding highlights the warming ocean and air temperatures in Greenland, where the glacier is located, during the past decade.

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An extinction in the blink of an eye
MIT News
The largest mass extinction in the history of animal life occurred some 252 million years ago, wiping out more than 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of life on land. Multiple theories have aimed to explain the cause of what's now known as the end-Permian extinction. Now researchers at MIT have determined that the end-Permian extinction occurred over 60,000 years, give or take 48,000 years.

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Mountains, models, salt, sand and cycles
Phys.org
Topics in this current batch of Geology articles posted ahead of print include the puzzle of parallel mountain chains; 25 years on the East Pacific Rise; unique episodes in Earth's history; turbidity currents; computer models; Wilson cycles; salt structure beneath the sea bed; the North Scotia Ridge; El Hierro, Canary Islands; sand-sized sub-spherical silica grains; bank pull or bar push; kaolinitic paleosols; Earth's youngest, hottest rocks; 3-D thermo-mechanical numerical models; and the Bohemian Massif.
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Geologists hit the fossil jackpot in Canada
Sci-Tech Today
An "epic" fossil discovery inside Canada's Kootenay National Park is shedding light on some of earliest animals ever seen from the Cambrian explosion. All of the species are underwater creatures, distant ancestors of today's insects and crustaceans. The Cambrian explosion was 545 million years ago when most animal phylums first appeared.
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New research shows San Francisco's 1906 quake was 3rd in a series
The Epoch Times
New research backs up historical narratives about two earthquakes in the 68 years before San Francisco's devastating 1906 disaster. The geologic evidence places the two earthquakes, in 1838 and 1890, on the San Andreas Fault, as theorized by many researchers based on written accounts about damage to Spanish-built missions in the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas. These two quakes, as in 1906, were surface-rupturing events, the researchers conclude.
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1st leg of Antarctic iSTAR mission accomplished
University of Bristol
A team of British scientists has returned from a grueling 1,500 km journey across the ice of West Antarctica after successfully completing the first leg of their groundbreaking mission. The iSTAR science program brings together multidisciplinary teams to investigate ice loss from Pine Island Glacier, the biggest single contributor to worldwide sea level rise. The next step of the program, an ocean investigation, is now underway.
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Geophysicist and mathematicians team up to describe how river rocks round
University of Pennsylvania via redOrbit
For centuries, geologists have recognized that the rocks that line riverbeds tend to be smaller and rounder further downstream. But these experts have not agreed on the reason these patterns exist. Abrasion causes rocks to grind down and become rounder as they are transported down the river. Does this grinding reduce the size of rocks significantly, or is it that smaller rocks are simply more easily transported downstream? A new study has arrived at a resolution to this puzzle.
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More sinkholes expected in Britain
The Telegraph
Sinkholes are rapidly appearing across Britain as downpours continue and geologists warn more are expected to open up in the coming months — even when the rains stop. Dr. Tony Cooper, of the British Geological Survey, said the number of sinkholes being reported has increased by almost five fold, from just a few a year since the storms began in December.
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