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Geologists: US could store 500 years of CO2
MSN News
After taking a look at suitable underground rock formations across the country, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say there's the potential to store more than 500 years' worth of carbon dioxide emissions, which have been blamed for contributing to global warming. The congressionally mandated national assessment of carbon storage comes at a time when global atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping carbon dioxide are hovering at around 400 parts per million, the highest level in at least 3 million years, according to scientists.
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Earth's 100,000-year Ice Age cycle decoded
PTI via Money Control
Scientists have explained a new mechanism behind Earth's 100,000-year Ice Age cycle that points to the alternating influence of continental ice sheets and climate on this global climatic interchange. Science has struggled to explain fully why an ice age occurs every 100,000 years. As researchers now demonstrate based on a computer simulation, not only do variations in insolation play a key role, but also the mutual influence of glaciated continents and climate.
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PGS and Geology Without Limits have acquired a 2-D scientific survey
The Maritime Executive
Petroleum Geo-Services, within the framework of an international scientific program, has acquired 8,840 line km of 2-D data in the Russian Barents Sea and Kara Sea. The 2-D survey, conducted in partnership with Geology Without Limits, began in 2012, using the vessel Akademik Lazarev. The scope of work included increasing knowledge of the regional geology, tying the sedimentary basins, exploring interesting geological structures and identifying potential well locations in the Barents and Kara Sea area.
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AIPG bi-monthly journal
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The Professional Geologist — July/August 2013 issue is now available online. All past issues are available online.
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AIPG section newsletters
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The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter — August 2013 is now available online.
The AIPG Ohio Section News — July 2013 is now available online.
The AIPG Texas Section News — July 2013 is now available online.

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AIPG section scholarship programs
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Student Chapters scholarships assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists. In addition to the AIPG National scholarship the following sections also offer scholarships. Details for applying for these scholarships are provided.
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AIPG button-up long sleeve twill shirt
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Register for the AIPG 50th Annual Meeting
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The American Institute of Professional Geologists' 50th Annual Meeting, "Geology Serving Society: Energy Independence, Mineral and Water Resources, and Geologic Education," will be Oct. 23-26, in Broomfield, Colo. This conference is designed to exploit Colorado's unique geologic setting. Ten field trips have been organized — with of one them venturing underground — plus several guest trips and a short course. Register now.
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AIPG silent auction
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A silent auction to benefit the AIPG Foundation will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Meeting in Broomfield, Colo. Please donate any interesting books, specimens, geological memorabilia, etc. to this auction. Donors will be able to deduct the value of the items they donate and purchasers will be able to deduct their purchases because the AIPG Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Click here for more details or contact the office at 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org.
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AIPG Executive Director search
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The American Institute of Professional Geologists has initiated a search for an Executive Director to succeed the current Director who will retire in 2014. AIPG is a professional geoscience society with a membership of nearly 7,000 and a dedicated staff of seven at its headquarters in Thornton, Colo.
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New Mediterranean ecosystem to be explored

Aug. 12 marked the launch of Oceana's 2013 Mediterranean Expedition, which is bound for the Emile Baudot escarpment — a large rocky wall to the south of the Balearic archipelago, of which nothing about its ecosystem is known. A team of scientists, technicians and videographers from Oceana will spend 10 days studying this geological formation, which lounges the southern tip of Cabrera National Park.

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Stinky whale clumps, now in fossil form
Sience/AAAS
Rocky lumps found eroding from ancient clay-rich sediments in Italy may be the first known fossils of ambergris, a fragrant and flammable substance produced in the intestines of sperm whales. What's more, according to a new study, the large number of lumps discovered within a very small area hints that these fossils may be all that's left of a mysterious mass die-off of the giant creatures.

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Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser roars to life for 1st time in 8 years
NBC News
Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupted for the first time in eight years on the afternoon of July 31, drenching delighted viewers who stood in the spray from the safety of a nearby boardwalk. The unexpected blast occurred at 7:30 p.m. MDT, shooting water and steam 200 to 300 feet into the air. The spectacular display lasted nine minutes.

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Hundreds evacuated as Indonesia volcano erupts
Agence France-Presse via GlobalPost
More than 500 people have been evacuated from an Indonesian island where a volcanic eruption killed five, an official said, as Mount Rokatenda spewed more clouds of ash. The volcano on Palue island in East Nusa Tenggara province threw red-hot ash 1.2 miles into the sky on Aug. 10 and unleashed molten lava onto a beach.
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California seafloor mapping reveals hidden treasures
U.S. Geological Survey via Science Codex
Science and technology have peeled back a veil of water just offshore of California, revealing the hidden seafloor in unprecedented detail. New imagery, specialized undersea maps and a wealth of data from along the California coast are now available. Three new products in an ongoing series were released by the U.S. Geological Survey — a map set for the area offshore of Carpinteria, a catalog of data layers for geographic information systems, and a collection of videos and photos of the seafloor in state waters along the entire California coast.
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Northern Ireland's very own Jurassic Coast
Belfast Telegraph
At first glance it looks like just a bleak, surf-battered stretch of flat rocks — but it is Northern Ireland's own Jurassic Coast. For geologists, Waterloo Bay in Larne is one of the most important places in the world when it comes to fossil-hunting.
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New NASA mission to help us learn how to mine asteroids
Space Daily
Over the last hundred years, the human population has exploded from about 1.5 billion to more than seven billion, driving an ever-increasing demand for resources. To satisfy civilization's appetite, communities have expanded recycling efforts while mine operators must explore forbidding frontiers to seek out new deposits, opening mines miles underground, at the bottom of the ocean — or even on asteroids.
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Scientists testing Lake Michigan for microplastic pollution
Chicago Tribune
A team of researchers is sampling the waters of Lake Michigan for pieces of plastic no more than 5 millimeters wide. Scientists know that these tiny beads, called microplastics, pollute the world's oceans, but the question of microplastic pollution in the Great Lakes is just now beginning to be addressed.
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Off Palos Verdes Peninsula, purple sea urchins devour kelp forest
Los Angeles Times
Below the gently rolling waves off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a spiny purple menace is ravaging what should be a thriving kelp forest. Millions of sea urchins — scrawny, diseased and desperate for food — have overrun a band of the shallow seafloor, devouring kelp and crowding out most all other life at a time the giant green foliage is making a comeback elsewhere along the California coast.
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