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See an unprecedented close-up of Pluto's surface
TIME
NASA unveiled new images of Pluto on July 10, revealing in unprecedented detail the craggy and mysterious features on the distant dwarf planet's surface. The images come from NASA's New Horizons probe, which has been closing in on the planet at the outer edge of the solar system, some 2.9 billion miles away from Earth. NASA geologists have taken a keen interest in a roughly 1,000 mile band of dimpled terrain, running from east to west across the planet's surface, as well as a dark patch, in the shape of a whale's tail, where the geological features appear especially complex.
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Study: Volcanic eruptions momentarily slow climate change
UPI
New research suggests that between 2008 and 2011, aerosols from volcanic eruptions were responsible for a greater amount of solar reflection than previously estimated. In a new study, an international team of researchers point to this solar reflection as the primary reason for the momentary slowdown in global warming.
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When a tree falls in the forest, what's the impact on water resources?
Phys.org
Forest management practices such as cutting or thinning trees reduce the risk of wildfires, and enhance the overall health of the woodlands. However, they also can speed up the pace of snow melt, which in turn may increase erosion and destabilize streams. Too much melt within a short time interval sends excessive sediment and nutrients into streams, harming ecosystems and degrading water quality, which is expensive to treat.
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AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Registration is open
AIPG
Registration is now open for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Click here for meeting details. Submit your abstract online.
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AIPG executive director position announcement
AIPG
The American Institute of Professional Geologists is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The position is to be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is vetted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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July 18 AIPG TN Section Field Trip
Dover, Tennessee
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


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Watch one of Mexico's most dangerous volcanos erupt via webcam
The Associated Press via KPIX-TV
Armchair geologists can watch Mexico's most dangerous volcano as it spews lava, ash and cinders via a worldwide network of volcano webcams. The Colima Fire Volcano located in Western Mexico entered a "new erupted phase" earlier this month, according to Volcano Discovery. A new lava dome has started to grow and has been producing "explosions, glowing avalanches and pyroclastic flows."
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Take a trip deep into one of Iceland's glaciers
Euronews
Visitors to Iceland are getting a new perspective on one of Europe's largest glaciers, Langjökull A 550 meter-long tunnel has been constructed to take visitors deep into the heart of the ice cap. A series of different rooms have been carved out of the ice, some up to 30 meters below the glacier's surface. The project not only caters for tourists, geologists and glacier researchers come here to study the movement and formation of ice.
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Canada's Victoria Island impact crater lures scientists, astronauts
CBC News
Scientists are hoping a detailed investigation of the Tunnunik impact crater — a 45-kilometer-wide rock-covered depression on the High Arctic's Victoria Island — can help explain how the planetary-like landscape was formed. The crater was first discovered in 2010 by geologists Keith Dewing and Brian Pratt.
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Bricks to build an Earth found in every planetary system
Phys.org
Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way are three times more likely to have the same type of minerals as Earth than astronomers had previously thought. In fact, conditions for making the building blocks of Earth-like rocks are ubiquitous throughout the Milky Way. The results of a new study of the chemical evolution of our galaxy were presented July 9 by Prof Brad Gibson, of the University of Hull, at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, Wales.
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Great Lakes water level goes up again
Huran Daily Tribune
It was only a couple of years ago when low water levels were impacting the Great Lakes. Those levels reached record lows in January 2013. Flash forward to 2015. Water levels in Lake Michigan-Huron are over a foot higher than they were last year and are still rising.
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Deep-sea anemone kills a giant worm, goes for a walk
Discover Magazine
If you already think everything at the bottom of the ocean is slightly terrifying, Iosactis vagabunda won't change your mind. It's transparent, can tunnel underground, and hunts animals 15 times its size. And scientists are now realizing that there might be way, way more of these roaming killers than they'd previously thought.
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Mother Lode Geology: An old world becomes new
Calaveras Enterprise
Geology forms the land, which shapes the history — and perhaps the future — of a place. It certainly did that in the Mother Lode, the central Sierra Nevada counties where generations have enjoyed the riches that the land provides. Once, the area was under water in an ancient ocean. Much later, but not that long ago in geologic time, the Mother Lode was deep beneath the Earth's — not the ocean's — surface. The rocks and dirt that would have been above us back then are now down in the Central Valley.
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