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New sauropod 'the largest animal to have walked on Earth'
The Vancouver Sun
The bones of what is thought to have been the largest creature to walk the Earth have been discovered in Argentina. Measuring 40 meters from its nose to the tip of its tail, standing 20 meters tall and weighing 77 tons — the equivalent of 14 African elephants — the animal is believed to be a new species of titanosaur, a huge herbivore of the long-necked sauropod group that lived in the Late Cretaceous period.
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New underwater volcano discovered in Hawaii
LiveScience via Yahoo
The sprawling chain of Hawaiian volcanoes just added another underwater branch. The discovery means Oahu once towered above the ocean with three volcanic peaks, the researchers said. Until now, scientists thought Oahu was built by two volcanoes — Wai'anae on the west and Ko'olau on the east. The new volcano, named Ka'ena, was born in the deep underwater channel south of Kauai about 5 million years ago, according to the study.
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Evidence found of 'impact winter' after asteroid that killed dinosaurs
Los Angeles Times
Sixty-six million years ago, the massive Chicxulub asteroid slammed into Earth, setting off a chain of events that wiped out the dinosaurs and countless other species. For decades, scientists have tried to reconstruct the events immediately following the devastating impact to determine exactly why so much life was lost on land and in the oceans. While the impact was tremendous, it wasn't quite enough to have killed 70 percent of all life on Earth by itself. Now researchers say they have found a new piece of the puzzle
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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, Arizona. Click here to submit an abstract online to be considered for a presentation or poster. Click here for conference details.
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AIPG Section Leadership Award — Deadline May 31
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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. The deadline for submittal of nominees for the AIPG Section Leadership Award is May 31 of each year.
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AIPG Student Chapter Award — Deadline June 30
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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 AIPG. Submittals are due June 30th and awarded in the fall.
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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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Expert: Shale is a US phenomenon
Fuel Fix
Shale drilling is an American phenomenon, and likely will stay that way for several more years, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan said in San Antonio. Zeihan, who spoke at South Texas Money Management's annual Energy Symposium at the San Antonio Country Club, said that no place else in the world has the combination the U.S. does — the capital, engineers, geologists, chemists, a legal system that recognizes mineral rights, pipelines, midstream infrastructure and a ready market.

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New evidence suggests ancient impact flipped the moon on its side
Tech Times
The moon may have been the victim of an ancient asteroid impact that radically altered its orientation relative to the Earth, astronomers now believe. Unusual features on the poles of our lunar companion, and the far side of the body, suggest the moon was not always aligned like it is today.

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Challenges of methane hydrates
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
The energy of the future could lie buried deep beneath the world's oceans and the Arctic permafrost. Methane hydrates, also known as "flammable ice," are vast reservoirs of natural gas trapped in ice-like crystals and hold the potential to alter trade flows and reshape the geopolitics of energy.

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'Risk map' of Italy's Mount Vesuvius prepared
UPI
An emergency preparedness "risk map" of Mount Vesuvius, Europe's only active volcano, has been prepared, Italian geologists said. The map of 251 square miles — including the mountain and the nearby city of Naples — was prepared by researchers from Pisa and Bari Universities, and "permits the first major preliminary evaluation of the areas potentially at risk," a Pisa University statement said.
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Incredible map reveals how world looked during last ice age
Daily Mail
It is an incredible view of how the world looked during the ice age. An online mapmaker has revealed a unique map showing the world as it would have looked 14,000 years ago, when the last ice age was at its harshest. Designers worked with geologists to accurately map the massive landbridges and ice sheets that made the world a very different place.
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Study: Groundwater withdrawals uplifting Sierra Nevada
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Researchers at University of Nevada, Reno, think rapid, ongoing uplift in the Sierra Nevada mountain range might be caused by extensive groundwater withdrawals in California's Central Valley. The withdrawals have long been known to cause ground subsidence, with the valley floor falling as groundwater is pumped out. But the loss of the groundwater and its weight is actually causing the hard rock crust underneath to rise up and lift the mountains with it, according to research.
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Iowa city blames meteor that hit 74 million years ago for current difficulty drilling well
Global News
A small central Iowa city is having a big problem drilling a new well, and the reason could date back millions of years. Manson has failed three times to drill for a new steady water supply. The difficulty apparently is due to a meteor that struck an estimated 74 million years ago, creating what is known as the Manson impact crater. Geologists believe the meteor caused a catastrophic explosion that burned up everything within 130 miles. Underground, remnants of the meteor remain.
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High-speed solar wind triggers lightning strikes
Sci-News.com
How does lightning travel through the air? A new study led by Dr Chris Scott from the University of Reading, U.K., suggests that high-energy particles accelerated by the solar wind could be part of the answer.
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Scientists investigate the role of the 'silent killer' inside deep-diving animals
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
With its imperceptible features, carbon monoxide is widely known as the "silent killer" due to its risks at lethal concentrations. Far less known is that carbon monoxide is produced naturally in small quantities in humans and animals, and in recent years medical researchers have evaluated the gas as a treatment for diabetes, heart attacks, sepsis and other illnesses. Now scientists have furthered science's understanding of carbon monoxide's natural characteristics and limitations by studying the gas in one of the world’s best divers: the elephant seal.
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North Carolina's next sea-level forecast will look only 30 years ahead
The News & Observer via The State
Hoping to avoid a repeat of the uproar sparked in 2010 when a state science panel warned of a possible 39-inch rise in sea level by the end of this century, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission decreed that the next official forecast will look no farther than 30 years into the future. "We could add credibility to the study if we limit the time frame we're asking people to consider," commission chairman Frank Gorham III said.
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