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Watch this terrifying recreation of the deadly Oso mudslide
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In late March, a major landslide occurred a few miles east of Oso, Wash., killing at least 35 people and engulfing an area approximately one square mile. Geologists are now studying the event and they're baffled by its ferocity and speed. Using a new computer model, Richard Iverson of the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that the mass of mud, rocks and trees was traveling about 60 mph when it reached the river below.
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Early Tibetan plateau larger and younger than previously thought
Syracuse University via Science 2.0
The Tibetan Plateau — the world's largest, highest, and flattest plateau — had a larger initial extent than previously documented. Known as the "Roof of the World," the Tibetan Plateau covers more than 970,000 square miles in Asia and India and reaches heights of over 15,000 feet. The plateau also contains a host of natural resources, including large mineral deposits and tens of thousands of glaciers and is the headwaters of many major drainage basins.
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Contemporary Geoscientists of China: LI, De-ren, Photogrammetrist
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Professor LI, De-ren is an expert in photogrammetry and remote sensing. He is the professor and Ph.D. supervisor of Wuhan University, Chairman of Academic Committee of both Wuhan University and State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS).
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Still time to register for the Marcellus, Utica and Point Pleasant Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement — April 16-17
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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 printable form. Walk-ins are welcome! Exhibitor and Sponsor opportunities are available!
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Call for abstracts: 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
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Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Arizona Hydrological Society for the 2014 Water and Rocks, the Foundations of Life National Conference in Prescott, Ariz. Click here to submit an abstract online to be considered for a presentation or poster. Click here for conference details.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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April 15-17 116th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition, Denver www.coloradomining.org
April 16-17 AIPG 5th Annual Symposium Marcellus, Utica, and Point Pleasant Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement, Columbus, Ohio Register here; Additional information for exhibitor and sponsor opportunities available at AIPG
April 23-24 5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology, Kennesaw, Ga. Register here; Additional information for exhibitor and sponsor opportunities available at AIPG
April 24-25 GSA Meeting, Lincoln, Neb. For more information, call 303-412-6205 or email aipg@aipg.org
May 18-21 GSA Meeting, Bozeman, Mont. For more information, call 303-412-6205 or email aipg@aipg.org
May 29 Aquifer Characterization — Groundwater Behavior in the Subsurface Environment, Lexington, Ky. Hosted by the AIPG Kentucky Section
June 1-4 48th U.S. Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium: Rock Mechanics across Length and Time Scales, Minneapolis . ARMA
June 17-18 4th Annual Workshop on: The Groundwater/Surface Water Interface — Characterization, Evaluation and Compliance, Roscommon, Mich. Hosted by the AIPG Michigan Section
June 25-26 15th Annual Energy Exposition and Symposium, Billings, Mont. The Energy Exposition
Aug. 25-27 2014 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Denver URTeC
Aug. 28-Sept. 7 AWG 2014 Canadian Rockies Geology Field Trip, out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Register here; contact Debbie Hanneman for more information
Sept. 13-16 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference Water & Rocks — the Foundations of Life, Prescott, Ariz. Register online
Sept. 19-22, 2015 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section



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Ancient asteroid strike was more insane than we realized
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Around 3.26 billion years ago — long before the dinosaurs — a massive asteroid measuring nearly 36 miles across smashed into the Earth. Geologists have now reconstructed this cataclysmic event, and it was far, far bigger than we thought. Here's how things went down on that fateful day.

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Skydiver narrowly missed by meteorite: 'World's 1st occurrence' claim geologists
International Business Times
A skydiver from Norway was narrowly missed by a meteorite midair in summer 2012. Anders Helstrup, along with other members of the Oslo Parachute Club, jumped from a plane and while releasing his parachute for a slowed descent above Hedmark, he noticed something that looked like a stone falling a few feet away from him. A video posted on YouTube shows how close Hesltrup came to being hit by the meteorite.

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How Earth got its tectonic plates
Los Angeles Times
While scientists have linked the movements Earth's ever-roaming tectonic plates to our planet's most violent events — quakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions — they have struggled to explain exactly how they came to exist in the first place. Now, in the journal Nature, two geophysicists have proposed that Earth's lithosphere was microscopically weakened and brittled by movement in viscous layers below it billions of years ago.

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Hurricane forecasters predict calm season in Atlantic
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Top forecasters at Colorado State University predict a calm Atlantic hurricane season this year, which may give coastal residents cause for concern if their last two annual forecasts are anything to go by. The meteorologists' report, used by insurance companies, emergency managers and the media to prepare for the next hurricane threats, forecasts nine tropical storms, of which only three will become hurricanes. Typically there are about 12 tropical storms and seven hurricanes a year.
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Scientists identify world's largest gold crystal
News Tonight Africa
Scientists have revealed that a heavy piece of gold discovered years ago in Venezuela has been identified as the world's largest single crystal of gold. The estimated worth of the rare lump of gold is $1.5 million. It weighs 217.78 grams and its size resembles a golf ball. For the first time, it has been possible to study the structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals of this size, said Miami University geologist John Rakovan.
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New research explains rich Puget Sound waters
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A new study may help explain why the famously rich waters of the Puget Sound are able to support such an abundance of life, including shellfish, salmon runs and occasional pods of whales. Oceanographers at the University of Washing have made the first detailed measurements at the headwaters' source — a submarine canyon offshore from the strait that separates the U.S. and Canada and draws up nutrient-rich water from the deep ocean.
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Volcanic island of Niijima in Japan gulps neighboring island
Tech Times
Niijima Island, a volcanic island off the coast of Japan, continues to erupt and has swallowed part of a nearby island. NASA recorded the dramatic event from space, showing smoke from the constant eruptions, streaming away from the growing island.
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CGG introduces new digital reservoir modeling software
Oil & Gas Technology
CGG has released EarthModel Builder, a modeling solution designed to improve efficiency, accuracy and flexibility for representation of reservoirs. Part of the Jason suite, EarthModel Builder is designed for asset teams and service companies to generate multiple first-pass reservoir models containing rock properties. Organizations of all sizes, from international oil and gas companies to small independents, can use the models to optimize their field development and well-planning processes.
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The life aquatic
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Geologists have long been a staple profession in the oil patch. Many geologists have established rich and rewarding careers in the industry, highlighted by their success in discovering new resources. But as new extraction methods are being applied, there's an growing need for other specialized breeds of geologists.
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