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Catastrophic volcanoes blamed for Earth's biggest extinction
Live Science
Geologists hauling hundreds of pounds of 250-million-year-old rocks from Siberia, through Russian and American customs, say luck was on their side. Not only did they successfully transport the huge haul, but they also may have confirmed the cause of Earth's worst mass extinction.
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NASA's Dawn photographs large, shiny mountain on Ceres
The Space Reporter
The drawf planet Ceres has a mountain that is anything but diminutive. NASA's Dawn spacecraft is orbiting Ceres at an altitude of 915 miles and sending high-resolution photos back to Earth. The latest photo of Ceres shows a massive mountain on the crater-marked surface. The mountain is about 4 miles high, which is huge in the context of the small planet it lies upon. Comparatively, seeing a 4-mile-high mountain on Ceres is akin to finding a nearly 50-mile-high mountain on Earth.
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Captured: Antimatter from the center of the Earth
Cosmos
The middle layer of our planet is a mystery. It makes up 84 percent of the Earth's volume, but we've little idea what's in there, how much heat it produces or how it affects the plate tectonics our planet depends on. That's about to change thanks to a technique that measures ghostly anti-particles slipping out of their radioactive graves in the mantle below.
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AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Make your hotel reservation by Sept. 4 and save
AIPG
Register for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Reduced rates for the hotel block have been extended to Sept. 4. Room rate: $137 — AIPG15. Reserve your hotel room here or call 1-800-HILTONS. Reserve now and save! Click here for meeting details. The presentation schedule is online.

The AIPG Awards Luncheon, Sept. 18, will include the presentation of AIPG Student Chapter Award, AIPG Section Leadership Awards, AIPG Presidential Certificates of Merit and AIPG National Executive Committee Officer Recognition Awards. All registrants are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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AIPG members — 2016 membership dues
AIPG
The 2016 membership dues are available to pay online. Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2016. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205. Click on MEMBER LOGIN to pay dues, make a donation and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory or make changes to your record.
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Section Leadership Award recipients
AIPG
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 2015 Section Leadership Award Recipients are: Paul A. Lindberg, CPG-6344, Arizona; Stephen J. Baker, MEM-2353, California; Logan T. MacMillan, CPG-4560, Colorado; Eric F. Lowe, MEM-385, Georgia; David G. Pyles, CPG-7364, Illinois/Indiana; Sara V. Pearson, CPG-10650, Michigan; Jane M. Willard, CPG-6979, Minnesota; Curtis J. Coe, CPG-6240, Ohio; Michael D. Campbell, CPG-3330, Texas; and Christine F. Lilek, CPG-10195, Wisconsin. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon on Sept. 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Student Chapter Award recipient
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Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida — AIPG Student Chapter found 2013. Chapter Sponsor: Anne Murray, CPG, and Faculty Sponsor: David Farris. Student Chapter Officers: President — Hannah K. Klein, SA-5156; Vice President — Chelsie N. Bowman, SA-5390; Secretary — Janine M. Giambalvo, SA-5422; Treasurer — Meg M. Wilson, SA-5391; Historian — Stephanie G. McColaugh, SA-5393; Graduate Student Liaison — Claire M. Routledge, SA-6296. The award consists of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter, a $500 award for the chapter and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting. Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon on Sept. 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Presidential Certificate of Merit Award recipients
AIPG
Each year, the AIPG president may award one or more certificates of merit to individuals who, through dedicated and meritorious service, have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute. The 2015 recipients are: Helen V. Hickman, CPG-7535; Michael D. Lawless, CPG-9224; Anne M. Murray, CPG-11645, Keri A. Nutter, CPG-11579; Kristina Pourtabib, SA-3410. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon on Sept. 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
AIPG
  • The AIPG Wisconsin Section Newsletter — Fall 2015
  • The AIPG Illinios-Indiana Section Newsletter — Summer 2015
  • The AIPG Ohio Section Newsletter — August 2015
  • The AIPG Texas Section Newsletter — July 2015
  • The AIPG Michigan Section Newsletter — July 2015

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    AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist is now available online
    AIPG
    The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, July/August/Sept. 2015 — new digital version or pdf — includes Career Building Workshop at UC Davis a Success; Earthquakes of Mexico-As Observed from Home Seismometer in Palmer, Texas; Career Building Workshop at UC Davis a Success; From Bone Dry to Soaking Wet-A Commentary on Recent Flooding Throughout Texas plus much more! All back issues of TPG are available online.
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    Election results for 2016 AIPG National Executive Committee Officers
    AIPG
    President-Elect: Adam W. Heft, CPG, Michigan
    Vice President: David G. Pyles, CPG, Illinois
    Secretary: Keri A. Nutter, CPG, Alaska
    Editor: Jean M. Neubeck, CPG, New York

    The incumbent officers are:

    President: Helen V. Hickman, CPG, Florida
    Past President: J. Foster Sawyer, CPG, South Dakota
    Treasurer: R. Douglas Bartlett, CPG, Arizona

    Advisory Board Representatives for 2016 will be elected at the AIPG Annual Meeting on Sept. 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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    National Award recipients
    AIPG
    Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal — David M. Abbott, Jr., CPG-4570; Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award — James A. Jacobs, CPG-7760; Honorary Membership — Dennis Pennington, CPG-4401; Outstanding Achievement Award — Karl E. Karlstrom and Laura J. Crossey. Awards will be presented on Sept. 21 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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    22nd International Petroleum Environmental Conference (IPEC): Nov. 17-19 in Denver
    University of Tulsa
    IPEC brings together professionals involved in developing and implementing technology to address and resolve E&P environmental problems. It provides a forum to share best practices and information regarding advances in emerging technology which address oil and gas environmental issues. Contact the University of Tulsa, Continuing Education for Science & Engineering for additional information about the conference and the discounted registration fee offered to AIPG members! Phone: 918-631-3088; Email: cese@utulsa.edu.
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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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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    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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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    A summer of NASA research on sea level rise in Greenland
    Phys.org
    On Greenland's ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July. The camp, home for a week to a team of researchers, sat by a large, fast-flowing river. Just a kilometer downstream, the river dropped into a seemingly bottomless moulin. The low rumble of the waters, the shouted instructions from scientists taking measurements and the chop of the blades of a helicopter delivering personnel and gear was all that was heard in the frozen landscape.
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    New clues on how Jupiter and Saturn formed
    The Huffington Post
    Astrophysicists and planetary geologists have long known that planets form around stars when dust particles accrete to form pebbles, which will coalesce into larger bodies, eventually becoming rocky planets or rocky cores of gaseous planets. The problem, as with most astronomical phenomena, is the huge timescales in which things happen. We therefore rely on supercomputers to feed them data and get simulations which show us what happens in thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions or billions of years.
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    Geologic record of ancient earthquakes and tsunamis will help understand future impacts
    Phys.org
    The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed 230,000 people has raised questions among coastal residents about when the next big tsunami will strike. It's a question that University of Rhode Island geologist Simon Engelhart knows cannot be answered with any precision. But he and colleagues from Humboldt State University, Rutgers University and the Earth Observatory of Singapore, in collaboration with geologists from Indonesia, examined the geological record in northern Sumatra to better understand how frequently large earthquakes and tsunamis occur there.
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    Unforgettable images capture volcano rumbling to life
    Live Science
    The towering volcano of Cotopaxi, which looms over Ecuador, recently began erupting. Photographers Jorge Castillo and Lucas Bustamante captured photos of the stunning ash plumes emerging from the volcano. The volcano has blanketed nearby towns and villages with a fine dusting of ash, as the locals wait to see if the eruption proves dangerous enough for widespread evacuation.
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    Rosgeologia wins contract to study offshore hydrocarbon prospect in the Arctic
    Port News
    Rosgeologia will engage in geological structure studies and hydrocarbon potential appraisal at the junction zone of the structures of the Polar Urals, Pai Khoya, and the West-Siberian Plate, the holding's press release says. A relevant government contract was signed with the holding company. The client is the Department of Subsoil Resources Management in the Continental Shelf and the World Ocean. The company will study the geological structure and the hydrocarbon potential of the marine extension of the Yamal oil and gas bearing region.
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    Could the megaflood from an ancient lake have carved Alaska's Copper River Valley's landscape?
    Alaska Dispatch News
    Many years ago, geologists stood on the bank of the Copper River and watched icebergs from Childs Glacier thunder straight into the river. Using a little imagination, one researcher remarked how an advance of the glacier could seal off the big river. He envisioned a process that has happened many times in the world and is still happening in Alaska: glaciers growing to the point where they block rivers and streams to form lakes.
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    Century-old message in a bottle returned to sender
    National Geographic
    If you're ever marooned on a desert island, don't count on a message in a bottle to save you. That's because it can take over a hundred years for these objects to wash ashore, as a German woman recently discovered. Marianne Winkler found an old bottle on a beach on Amrum Island, Germany earlier this year with a postcard from the early 1900s inside. Instructions printed on the card asked for its discoverer to mail it back to the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom in the care of George Parker Bidder. The message promised a shilling in return.
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