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There may be a 2nd massive ocean deep beneath the Earth's surface
Smithsonian
Deep within the Earth, staggering pressures mix with high temperatures to compact regular materials into exotic minerals. Under these extreme conditions, one familiar mineral — a blend of magnesium, iron and sand that geologists call olivine — is transformed into a material called ringwoodite. This material is produced in Earth's so-called "transition zone," from around 255 to 416 miles depth, where the outer mantle turns to the inner mantle. While ringwoodite has been found before, researchers in Brazil found a sample that had an even greater surprise locked inside.
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Pygmy dinosaur, cousin of T Rex, roamed the Arctic
Discover Magazine
Researchers analyzing the partial skull, jaw and teeth of a 70 million-year-old dinosaur believe the animal was a smaller relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, found in northern Alaska, was initially classified as a different species of carnivorous theropod. However, new analysis suggests it is a previously unknown tyrannosaur that is closely related to T. Rex.
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Solving the Midwest's biggest geologic mystery
Northwestern University via Phys.org
Geologists have a new explanation for the Midwest's biggest geologic mystery: What caused the giant 2,000-mile-long rift that starts in Lake Superior and runs south to Oklahoma and Alabama? Using new data from the North American Midcontinent Rift and observations of rifting occurring today between Africa and Arabia, the scientists propose that the Midcontinent Rift formed when rocks now in South America rifted away from North America, forming a new ocean.
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2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
AIPG
2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference, "Water & Rocks — the Foundations of Life," will be held Sept. 13-16, at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center in Arizona. The cost is $119. The event is hosted by AIPG National and AHS and co-hosted by the AIPG Arizona Section.
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Marcellus, Utica and Point Pleasant Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement — April 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio
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Join AIPG and the Ohio Section of AIPG for this conference. It is structured to allow consideration and ample discussion of the most crucial aspects of the hydrofracturing process as it pertains to gas production in shale and other tight formations. Registration is available online or via form. Exhibitors and Sponsors are welcome! A list of presenters and presentations is available here.
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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.
  • April 9-11 — GSA, Blacksburg, Va.
  • April 24-25 — GSA, Lincoln, Neb.

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5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology
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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, Sponsor registrations and the Speaker Schedule are open online.
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4th Annual Workshop on: The Groundwater / Surface Water Interface — Characterization, Evaluation and Compliance
AIPG
The Fourth Annual AIPG Workshop (technical conference), July 17-18, in Roscommon, Mich., features the Groundwater/Surface Water Interface (GSI) pathway. Keynote speaker, Jon Allan, Director of the DEQ's Office of the Great Lakes will address the importance of Michigan's water resources.
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15th Annual Energy Exposition and Symposium: June 25-26 in Billings, Montana
Energy Exposition
The Energy Exposition will be celebrating its 15th year as the Rocky Mountain's largest energy trade exhibition.

At the highly successful Expo last year, 250 companies from 32 states and two provinces exhibited, bringing with them upwards of 1,000 exhibitors and drawing a crowd of 4,500 people from the oil and gas industry and general community.

The Energy Exposition is free and open to the public over the age of 18. With very reasonable booth fees and a relaxed atmosphere, the Expo is a valuable and affordable investment for everyone from small service companies to large oil & gas operators for advertising their company brand. Register today to attend the event or reserve a booth.

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116th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition
Colorado Mining Association
The 116th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition, "Moving Forward for the World's Mining Capital," will be held April 15-17, at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver. The deadline for Advanced Conference Registration April 4. To view the program, make hotel reservations and register, follow the "Read More" link.
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2014 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference: Aug. 25-27 in Denver
Unconventional Resources Technology Conference
Participate in the hugely successful URTeC where thousands of oil and gas professionals from an integrated audience including engineers, geoscientists, financiers, land men, researchers and more get connected on the most up to date information in the development of North American resource plays. It's the only event leveraging expertise from unconventional resource groups focusing on an asset team approach for successful field development.
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AIPG 2015 National Conference
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The 2015 AIPG National Conference will be held Sept. 19-22, 2015, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. The cost is $119. The event is hosted by AIPG National and AHS and co-hosted by the AIPG Alaska Section.
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New method gives way to noninvasive subsurface data
Science Network WA via Phys.org
A hydrogeologist has found an inexpensive, high-quality three-dimensional imaging method for aquifers and other below-ground features. Conventional cross-well surveys require a monitoring bore containing sensors, and another source well in which a seismic shock is produced. Now, a Ph.D. student has eliminated the for a dedicated monitoring well.

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Study: Oceans absorb and remove 15 percent of nitrogen oxide from air
University Herald
A recent University of California San Diego study has found that besides regulating temperatures and weather patterns, oceans help cleanse the air as well. Researchers said that the surface of the sea has the ability to eliminate about 15 percent of the smog-forming nitrogen oxides (accumulated in polluted air) along the coast overnight.

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Mapping river geometry gives clues to past terrains
Nature
Earth's terrain is ever changing thanks to erosion, but now a technique enables scientists to reconstruct some past landscapes and forecast those of the future. The key is in the geometry of how river boundaries shift over time, suggests the study, which uses a statistical method to assess and describe these changes. The method estimates whether the edges of a river system's watershed are stable or whether they are spreading to "cannibalize" neighboring river basins.

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USGS: Magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Chile
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Chile's northern coast on March 16, U.S. geologists said, generating a small tsunami and prompting authorities to evacuate three cities. Located 38 miles west-northwest of the port city of Iquique, the quake was 20 kilometers deep, the USGS said in an update. It was followed by a series of aftershocks.
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Mercury's contraction much greater than thought
e! Science News
New global imaging and topographic data from MESSENGER show that the planet Mercury has contracted far more than previous estimates. The results are based on a global study of more than 5,900 geological landforms, such as curving cliff-like scarps and wrinkle ridges, that have resulted from the planet's contraction as Mercury cooled. The findings are key to understanding the planet's thermal, tectonic, and volcanic history, and the structure of its unusually large metallic core.
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These submarine drones will predict the weather months in advance
Defense One via Quartz
In the next decade, U.S. Navy scientists will be able to predict the weather as far as 90 days into the future with the help of mathematical models, satellites and submarine drones. The mathematical models are the most important element in the ocean and weather prediction cocktail. But making those models perform at a level where they can be reliable so far into the future requires data from everywhere, including more places under the sea. That's where the submarine drones make the difference.
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Erosion tries to destroy the evidence, but geologists reconstruct Canada's secret past
Ars Technica
Using some lucky circumstances and some helpful isotopes, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and MIT have managed to reconstruct a surprisingly detailed history of a part of North America, despite the fact that most of the evidence has long since washed away. The rocks (both lost and still present) being studied came from the area around northwestern Canada's Great Bear and Great Slave lakes.
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Geologists use amphibians, fish to study chemical pollution in wetlands
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The U.S. Geological Survey center in Lafayette, La., is dedicated to the study of wetlands all over the world, from the Arctic to Africa. The data they collect help scientists understand the ecology of wetlands, which is necessary for effective planning and restoration.
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Experts: Blarney Stone is 100 percent Irish
Herald Scotland
It is almost as synonymous with Ireland as St. Patrick himself. But despite myths attributing its origins to Stonehenge or Robert the Bruce, geologists at Glasgow University have discovered that the Blarney Stone, famous for giving you the "gift of the gab" if you kiss it, is 100 percent Irish.
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