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Geologists confirm twice as many unlinked big quakes in 2014
China Topix
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the frequency of earthquakes more than doubled this year. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a recent study revealed that earthquakes recorded during the first quarter of 2014 more than doubled when compared to the average number recorded since 1979.
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Ancient ice sheet may have melted later than previously thought
University at Buffalo via Phys.org
After one of the snowiest winters in recent history, William Philipps will forego the beach to spend the summer studying glaciers at the world's northernmost university. The University at Buffalo geology graduate student will travel to the University Center on Svalbard in Norway to collect data that proves the Svalbard-Barents Sea Ice-Sheet's time of deglaciation — the point when the ice began to melt — is older than its suggested age of 12,000 years.
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Geologists confirm oxygen levels of ancient oceans
Syracuse University via redOrbit
Geologists in the College of Arts and Sciences have discovered a new way to study oxygen levels in the Earth's oldest oceans. Zunli Lu and Xiaoli Zhou, an assistant professor and Ph.D. student, respectively, in the Department of Earth Sciences, are part of an international team of researchers whose findings have been published by the journal Geology. Their research approach may have important implications for the study of marine ecology and global warming.
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Minnesota Board — statute changes effective as of Aug. 1
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The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design statute has changes that are effective Aug. 1. One of the changes concerns professional development hours and the Board has received many questions regarding the new ethics requirement. In order to renew in 2016, licensees and certificate holders must report a minimum of two professional development hours of professional ethics. The total number of professional development hours required (24) has not changed. The ethics hours must have been earned during the biennium to which they are applied and shall not be used toward carryover. This means that two professional ethics hours are required for the 2016 renewal.

For details on the statute changes, go to the Board's website.

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AGI photo contest
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Geoscience Students:
Are you proud of all your geoscientific accomplishments? Have you taken any memorable photos of your geoscientific work? If so, we invite you to participate in the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. AGI, in coordination with AGU, GSA and AIPG, are looking for any and all geoscience footage displaying your dedicated efforts and proud work. Any photos that display research, field trips, internships or your experiences as up and coming geoscientists are welcomed. Various prizes from the involved geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first-, second- and third-place photos.

Geoscience Faculty:
This year, AGI is partnering with AGU, GSA and AIPG for the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. We are looking for any and all Geoscience footage displaying your student's dedicated efforts and research. Any photos that show what life as a geoscientist is like are welcome. Various prizes from the involved Geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first-, second- and third-place photos. We request your help in promoting contest participation from your department's students, but faculty entries are encouraged as well.

All photos, with release forms, must be emailed to workforce1@agiweb.org by July 25.

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UNLV researchers make big find with tiny fossil
Los Vegas Review-Journal
It resembles a speck of mud on a wafer of black shale, something you might be tempted to scrape off with your fingernail. But the latest discovery by UNLV researchers is no small thing. When viewed through a scanning electron microscope, the speck blossoms into a spindly, starfish-shaped fossil formed roughly 560 million years ago, before the rise of complex, multicellular animals.

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How red is dragon's blood? Studying rock color on Mars
Smithsonian
Attached to an actuator on the shoulder of NASA's Curiosity Rover exploring Mars is the color calibration target for the Hand Lens Imager, a camera that takes landscape portraits and close-up shots of rocks on Mars. Geologists want some way to know what color these Martian rocks would be on Earth. Color helps guide theories about a rock's composition or history.

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How extinct undersea volcanoes trigger rare 'tsunami earthquakes'
LiveScience
How unusual slow earthquakes can spawn powerful tsunamis is a long-standing mystery that researchers may have finally solved. Called "tsunami earthquakes," these slow quakes are capable of creating huge waves that can cause serious damage to coastal cities. Tsunami earthquakes are not like typical earthquakes. They happen slowly and don't generate the same kind of violent shaking as typical earthquakes.

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Hyperspectral aerial survey will enhance mapping capabilities
U.S. Geological Survey
Starting on July 5 (weather permitting), U.S. Geological Survey scientists began conducting a high-resolution airborne survey over the next 30 days to study the distribution of minerals exposed at the surface in various parts of Alaska. The data from this hyperspectral survey will be integrated with geochemical, geophysical, and geologic data for studying natural resources in Alaska. When the analysis is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art maps of surficial mineralogy will help USGS researchers better understand the links between past geologic processes and mineral resource potential.
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Contemporary Geoscientists of China: Yong-fei Zheng
GT & Associates
Professor Yong-fei Zheng, from the School of Earth and Space Sciences in the University of Science and Technology of China, was the first one to successfully modify the increment method for theoretical calculation of oxygen isotope fractionation in crystalline minerals. He is also the first to focus on the slab-mantle interaction in both oceanic and continental subduction channels.
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Feds seek more information on earthquake zone, sinkhole geology in Pennsylvania for pipeline review
Lancaster Online
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants more information on how an earthquake fault and sinkhole geology in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, could affect the proposed 35-mile natural gas pipeline. FERC is the federal agency that will ultimately decide whether to approve Williams Partners' Atlantic Sunrise Project to pipe natural gas fracked from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region to markets along the Eastern Seaboard and possibly overseas.
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Geometallurgy broken down
Materials World
What issues confront mining industry professionals as they seek the best ways to recover materials from the great underneath? Eoin Redahan provides a few snapshots from Geometallurgy 2014.
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National Geographic remaps melting Arctic
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Arctic sea ice is rapidly shrinking, but National VideoBrief Geographic is only on its ninth edition of its Atlas of the World since 1963. In the upcoming 10th edition of the atlas, Arctic ice is depicted as it was in 2012, based on NASA satellite data. "The ice cover during the summer in 2012 — this is the record-low ice cover — is less than 50 percent of what it was in the 1980s," says Josefino Comiso, lead researcher of the NASA satellite study. He says it is important to redraw the map, since the Arctic is changing so rapidly.
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Shear-wave data enhance reservoir characterization
Oil & Gas Journal
A new approach to shear-wave data acquisition should lead to expanded use of shear waves in prospect evaluation and reservoir characterization. This technology not only allows shear-wave seismic data to be acquired at low cost, but it also expands the range of earth surface conditions over which shear-wave sources can be deployed.
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Seismic testing ship sets off amid environmental controversy
Press of Atlantic City
The Marcus G. Langseth set out for New York Harbor on July 1, before its voyage had even received the final go-ahead. Its mission, to use sound waves to record 3-D images deep below the sea floor 15 miles off Long Beach Island, has proved controversial — pitting different factions of the environmental community against each other.
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