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Researchers: Explosive volcanoes fueled by water
Around the O
University of Oregon geologists have tapped water in surface rocks to show how magma forms deep underground and produces explosive volcanoes in the Cascade Range. "It's important not just for understanding how you make magma and volcanoes, but also because the big volcanoes that we have in the Cascades — like Mount Lassen and Mount St. Helens &mash; tend to erupt explosively, in part because they have lots of water," says Paul J. Wallace, a professor in the UO's Department of Geological Sciences and coauthor of a paper in the May issue of Nature Geoscience.
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Study of giant South China Sea internal waves provides 1st-ever view of their entire life cycle
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Emerging science could revise sea-level rise predictions, improve undersea navigation and revolutionize understanding of how nutrients reach coastal marine ecosystems.
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Evidence of moonquakes
The Telegraph
Two Indian geologists have interpreted surface deformations near the lunar south pole as fresh evidence for tectonic activity on the moon, corroborating earlier scientific observations that challenged the view of the moon as geologically silent. The two geologists have proposed that rocky debris that indicate avalanches inside two lunar craters and a ridgelike structure called a lobate scarp near the southern polar region are surface signatures of tectonic activity.
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AIPG 2015 Student Scholarship winners
AIPG
The AIPG National awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to the following undergraduate students: Vanessa Fernandes, Hofstra University, New York; Nathaniel Foote, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Chloe Ivanoff, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska (Sponsored by the AIPG Alaska Section); Hannah Johnson, Kent State University, Ohio; Stephanie Kitowski, University of North Dakota, North Dakota; Taylor Krabiel, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Christopher H. Kremer, Stanford University, California; Eint Kyi, Oberlin College, Ohio; Anna Stanczyk, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska; Jasmine Stefansky, Central Michigan University, Michigan (Sponsored by the AIPG Michigan Section); Kevin Townsley, University of Idaho, Idaho; Franklin Wolfe, and Washington and Lee, Virginia. The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists awarded the AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship of $1,000 to Karen Vyverberg, University of Florida, Florida. Congratulations to all of the winners!
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AIPG call for abstracts: Alaska 2015 National Conference — Deadline is May 18
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 18.
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AIPG Section Leadership Award — Submittal deadline is May 31
AIPG
The AIPG Section Leadership Award was established by the Executive Committee in 2013 to recognize one or more of our members who have demonstrated a long-term commitment and have been long-term contributors to AIPG at the section level. AIPG has many sections where one or more individuals have demonstrated exceptional leadership for their section and in many instances kept the section together and moving forward. These individuals are commonly not known at the National level or by AIPG members outside of their sections, however, their contributions have been vital to their sections and they perform this work because of their commitment to our profession and AIPG. The award will consist of a plaque (or similar) that will be presented to the awardees at the banquet of the annual meeting of AIPG.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now online
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  • The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter — May 2015
  • The AIPG Minnesota Section Newsletter — April 2015
  • The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG California Section Newsletter — May 2015
  • The AIPG Ohio Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Nevada Section Newslettter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Illinois-Indiana Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Wisconsin Newsletter — Spring 2015

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    AIPG Montana Technical Sessions and 2015 Energy Exposition — Registration is open
    AIPG
    Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Register online or use this registration form. Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24-25 with an optional field trip: Transect Across the Beartooth Mountains Front Laramide Triangle Zone: Dean, Montana to The Golf Course, Trip Leader: Ennis Geraghty, Senior Project Geologist, Stillwater Mining Company 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 go here to submit an abstract. Presentations/Presenters.
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    AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award — Submittal deadline is June 30
    AIPG
    The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500 award for the chapter and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.
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    8th Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe — 28-30 September, London
    Energy Institute
    The Petroleum Geology Conferences, organized by the Energy Institute, the Geological Society of London and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, have been a source of inspiration for the generations of geoscientists that have worked in the NW European Petroleum Industry.

    This year's conference, the eighth in the series, marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the North Sea's first commercial discovery, the West Sole Gas field, which was found by Amoco in 1965.

    The program, as is traditional for this conference series, is a very strong one and unashamedly technical. It has been put together by petroleum geoscientists for petroleum geoscientists on behalf of the three professional societies. It will include a core workshop and an extensive poster session as well as three parallel oral sessions and topical plenary sessions.

    How do I register? Book now and save with the Early Bird rate. Prices frozen at 2009 rates.

    Sponsorship opportunities — Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For details please visit the website or contact Laura Griffiths at +44 (0) 20 7434 9944 or laura.griffiths@geolsoc.org.uk.

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    Contemporary Geoscientists of China:Yu-qun Xue
    GT & Associates
    Professor Yu-qun Xue, an expert of hydrology, was born in Wuxi, Jiansu province in 1931. He graduated from Tangshan Engineering College in 1952, and he completed his graduate studies in Changchun College of Geology in 1957 under the supervision of Professor Klimentov from Moscow.
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    AIPG outback hat available
    AIPG
    The "down under" styling adds a sense of adventure to any outing. Heavyweight 100 percent cotton canvas; drawstring with cord locks and fashion brass eyelets. Two-side snaps give the option of wearing the brim up or down. Available colors: canvas/canvas, canvas/navy (navy inside).
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    AIPG T-shirts available
    AIPG
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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    May 15-16 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Thornton, Colorado
    June 16-17 5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop — Site Characterization Roscommon County, Michigan
    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


    An eruption in 1902 revealed how volcanic firestorms kill
    Forbes
    May 8, 1902, began as a sunny day in Martinique, an island in the Caribbean, with only a column of steam rising above its Mount Pelée. Until 7:50 a.m., when the mountain, an active volcano, exploded. The first rescuers arrived on the site twelve days after the explosion, accompanied by British, French and American geologists. In the city of St. Pierre, almost all of the buildings had been destroyed and estimated 20,000-40,000 people killed. But how?
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    Growing mystery — Getting to the bottom of the highest peak in the continental US
    Ars Technica
    The Sierra Nevada Mountains remain a geologic puzzle not easily solved despite the work of generations of geologists. The North American Plate and the Pacific Plate don't collide along most of the California coast, they slip past each other horizontally. The Sierra is not an active line of rock-pouring volcanoes like the Cascades to the north. Yet there it is, with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer — Mount Whitney, the highest point in the continental U.S.
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    Why Arctic oil seems to be putting northern nations on combat alert
    Exploration World
    As known sources of oil are depleted, previously inaccessible areas of hydrocarbon wealth are becoming prospective targets of exploration. Namely, the Arctic. Under its seas and ice rest some major deposits of oil. Based on collected data, many analysts think there's a whole lot more that we haven't seen yet.
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    Going underground to understand Australia's past climate variability
    Phys.org
    Given the importance of water in Australia, surprisingly, there is relatively little information about the past variability of rainfall on this continent. Although there is a good annual record of the past 100 years in Australia, there is nothing much before that period and no known cave deposit records exist for New South Wales.
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    Loss of rainfall satellites will hamper flood management
    Environmental Research Web
    Currently, there are 10 satellites dedicated to monitoring rainfall, but soon this number is likely to fall: four satellites have already passed their design life and others will follow soon. As yet, there are no plans for replacement. The resulting loss of data will have serious consequences for flood management, according to a new study.
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    GeoSphere fills the bill when data is needed fast
    Houston Chronicle
    Like many other technologies emerging in the petroleum industry today, the idea behind Schlumberger's GeoSphere reservoir mapping-while-drilling service is to send as much information as possible to the surface to give operators a better idea of what they're working with and to do it as fast as possible so as to minimize interruptions to drilling.
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    How the giant 'Cosmic Navel' formed in Utah
    Smithsonian
    With his latest work, photographer John Fowler brings a whole new meaning to the term "navel gazing." This mosaic image, captured in late April, showcases a unique landform sometimes known colloquially as the Cosmic Navel — essentially a giant sandy pothole in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. So how did this form high on the summit of a sandstone dome? Oddly enough, it probably exists because a river once ran through it.
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