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How new tech for ancient fossils could change the way we understand animals
Smithsonian
The modern study of extinct animals is being driven by cutting-edge imaging technology, 3-D modeling and virtual reconstruction and dissection — advancing our knowledge of the ancient animals but also of other species old and new. New imaging techniques are even allowing fossils to be virtually removed from surrounding rock, saving months or years of meticulous work; the resulting virtual bones can be easily shared, studied or even printed.
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El Hierro Volcano helps to improve algorithms used by satellites
Plataforma SINC via Phys.org
Information provided by satellites on the amount of chlorophyll-A and the roughness of the sea following the eruption of the underwater volcano off the island of El Hierro (Spain) did not coincide with the actual data collected in situ by vessels carrying out oceanographic studies. The models have been corrected by researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who have for the first time processed very high resolution images of this kind of natural phenomenon captured from space.
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Antarctic region home to rare minerals becomes 'protected area'
Blue & Green Tomorrow
A mineral-rich Antarctic region that provides geologists with a unique window into the continent's history has been given special protected status. The Stornes Peninsula in the Larsemann Hills region, a largely undisturbed 40 square kilometers, ice-free stretch of East Antarctica, is home to four minerals that, when they were first found in exposed rocks around 10 years ago, were entirely new to science.
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Louisiana licensing — Deadline extended
Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
The State of Louisiana licensing board for geoscientists has extended the deadline for grandfathering provision to Dec. 31.
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Silent Auction — Sept. 15 at AIPG Awards Dinner
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists will hold a silent auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner and social function at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening dinner function, at about 8:30 pm. We hope you will consider a donation to the silent auction to raise funds in support of the Foundation for AIPG programs, scholarships, internships and various initiatives. Please complete the form with information about your donations (such as mineral/rock specimens, books, antiques or historic items, artwork, jewelry, maps, stay at a vacation home and other things geologic).

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Call for abstracts: Deadline extended to June 16
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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. The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 16. Abstracts must be in Word format, single spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman and should not exceed one page. No tables or pictures will be accepted. You will be notified by June 23 if your abstract has been accepted. Extended abstracts and full papers are welcome but not required. Please contact Cathy Duran with AIPG by email or phone (303-412-6205) or email if you have any additional questions. Click here for conference details.
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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 30 and awarded in the fall.
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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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June 6, 1944: The geology of D-Day
Scientific American
While planning for D-Day, geology was a consideration, as aerial photographs of the shores of Normandy were studied to find suitable landing sites for the invasion. In January 1944, British divers risked their lives to collect samples from selected sites; geologists had to determine if the sandy shores could support the heavy equipment and modified tanks needed to overrun the local German coastal fortifications.

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Geologists: Giant Mars volcano may have had habitable environment
International Business Times
Scientists have uncovered the eruption of the huge Martian volcano that was once covered in glacial ice, which may have contributed in the creation of large lakes on the surface of the red planet. Based on a new study, these scientists believe that the Martian volcano may have once had a habitable environment.

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Oldest traces of life on Earth may not have been from ancient microbes afterall
LiveScience
What were thought to be some of the oldest traces of life on Earth may not have been caused by life at all, new research suggests. The fossils, tiny tubules etched into ancient rocks in South Africa, were initially thought to be formed by bioalteration during the Archean Eon. But the new study suggests these tiny tunnels were actually formed by the cooling of the volcanic rock nearby, just 2.9 billion years ago.

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Geologists discover large underground rivers off Ireland's Galway Bay and the Aran Islands
Galway Advertiser
Large networks of underground rivers stretching out off the west coast of Ireland, hidden beneath the Galway Bay seabed, have been discovered by geologists from the School of Natural Sciences at NUI Galway. The significant discovery was made by the researchers following conversations with residents from Inishmaan on the Aran Islands. Typically, islands experience fresh water shortages, however, the residents of the Aran Islands said their well of fresh water never ran out.
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Geologists trip over dinosaur-era fossil
TV3
What started as a casual stroll in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, has led to the discovery of a large fossil from the dinosaur era. Geologists discovered the ammonite fossil on the Waiau River, which borders the Maungataniwha Forest, when one of them tripped over the specimen. Ammonites are an extinct shellfish that lived at the same time dinosaurs roamed the earth. They are related to the squid and had tentacles sticking out of their shell.
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Digging in to the history of Rock of Ages
Vermont Public Radio
Rock of Ages is the grand name of one of Vermont's oldest quarrying operations. The company started quarrying granite in 1880 and it's been excavating the same site in Barre ever since. Geologists from MIT measured the deposit of granite in this location and discovered that it's four miles long, about two miles wide, and ten miles thick. At current recovery rates, Todd Paton, director of visitor services for Rock of Ages Corporation, says there's another 4,500 years of stone in the ground.
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Erupting Alaska volcano puts on fiery display
National Geographic
One of Alaska's many active volcanoes is releasing arcs of lava and plumes of ash that have provoked flight warnings for the region. The 8,262-foot (2,518-meter) Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula, 590 miles (950 kms) southwest of Anchorage in the remote wilderness, has been shooting lava to a height of approximately 500 meters. A plume of ash, meanwhile, reached 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) into the air on June 2 and drifted east for 50 miles (80 kilometers), prompting authorities to issue the most serious warning level for aviation: red.
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Geologists help Godzilla hide out in world's deepest ocean trench
LiveScience
Where should a giant monster with radioactive breath hide from humans hell-bent on its destruction? Why, the world's deepest ocean trench, of course! And that's how a bit of real-world science won a brief cameo during "Godzilla." Warner Bros. licensed an image of the Mariana Trench from scientists at the University of New Hampshire, who surveyed the deep seafloor near Guam and the Mariana Islands in 2010.
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The navy's global forecast system
Armed With Science
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the National Center for Environmental Prediction within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have entered into a formal agreement that results in NCEP using Navy-developed global ocean forecast model technology to make environmental ocean forecasts for public use.
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