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Geologists find the world's biggest volcano is on the floor of the Pacific
Agence France-Presse via The Raw Story
Geologists recently announced they had uncovered a stupendous volcano that is the biggest in the world and rivals the greatest in the Solar System. Dubbed Tamu Massif, the volcano is part of the Shatsky Rise, a deep plateau on the floor of the Pacific located around 1,000 miles east of Japan, they said. It comprises a single, immense, rounded dome in the shape of a shield, formed of hardened lava from an eruption around 144 million years ago.
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Robot subs and seals with sensors to help ambitious Antarctic mission
LiveScience via NBC News
A team of British scientists is preparing for a mission to Antarctica — an ambitious journey that will involve sensor-carrying seals, seafaring robots and state-of-the-art radar technology — to uncover what may be causing the rapid loss of ice on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
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Scientists find long 'fingers' of heat beneath Earth's surface
Science Recorder
A September 5 news release from the University of Maryland announced that UMD seismologist Vedran Lekic and colleagues at the University of California Berkeley have successfully used seismic waves to detect previously unknown "fingers" of heat in Earth's upper mantle. The results of the discovery aid scientists in explaining the emergence of hotspot volcanoes, which created such island chains as Hawaii and Tahiti.
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Texas AIPG has awaken
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An Ad Hoc Committee in the Houston area held informal discussions in June and July, concerning the lack of AIPG Section activities. Since there has been no formal leadership of the AIPG in Texas for a number of years, except for ex officio meetings of members in the Austin and Dallas areas and those attending Houston Geological Society's Environmental & Engineering meetings, and on behalf of other AIPG members who had a desire to re-activate AIPG in Texas, an election by email was initiated in July.
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Rockware unveils update to data visualization suite
AIPG
To help petroleum engineers and geologists import, display and analyze data more quickly and accurately, RockWare announces it has released RockWorks 16, the latest version of its flagship suite for visualizing surface and subsurface data. According to the company, the new version makes navigating and expanding the bore hole database easier than ever. With the improved organization, new sorting options, and ability to group or hide bore holes, users can isolate the holes of interest quickly.
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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 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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Scientists developed a new tool to pinpoint oil reserves
The Economic Times
Scientists have developed a new tool that can precisely pinpoint where petroleum and gas reserves have accumulated. The tool is a new index that provides a better understanding of how oil travels from where it was formed to where it has collected. The index could aid in the discovery of new oil resources, while reducing the environmental impact of accessing those resources, researchers said.

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Water found on moon's surface, more could be below
WebProNews
Researchers from the Indian Space Research Organization have announced that the Chandrayaan-1 probe has found evidence for water on the surface of the Earth's moon. The water, referred to as "magmatic," is locked in mineral grains and could come from somewhere beneath the moon's surface.

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US tallest mountain's surprising location explained
LiveScience
Reaching 20,320 feet above sea level in south-central Alaska, Mount McKinley is North America's tallest mountain and the third tallest mountain in the world (based on the measurement from base to peak on land, and not based on elevation). The behemoth has long befuddled geologists because it stands far inland, more than 300 miles away from major mountain-building tectonic activity along Alaska's southern coast.

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Tropical storm Humberto: Will it be the season's first hurricane?
The Christian Science Monitor
Tropical storm Humberto has formed off of the west coast of Africa, with the storm slated to become the Atlantic hurricane season's first hurricane by the evening of Sept. 10, Eastern Daylight Time. If that doesn't happen, this will be the longest hurricane-less start to a season since at least 1967.
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Geologists consider potential causes of East Texas quakes
WLTV-TV
East Texas geologists are looking into what could be behind the recent cluster of earthquakes in the area, after two more hit the near Timpson on Sept. 2. They're trying to determine whether or not the quakes in Timpson back in May of last year are related to these more recent ones. Stephen F. Austin State University geology professors say the two recent earthquakes could be considered aftershocks.
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Geologist educates the layman on drilling technology
Grand Forks Herald
Kathy Neset may be the only oilfield geologist who uses a bendable drinking straw as a key tool for her job. Neset uses the straw to educate people about horizontal drilling, one of the technologies that's unlocked the Bakken and made North Dakota the second-highest oil-producing state.
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Bermuda Triangle earthquake triggered 1817 tsunami
LiveScience
A "tidal wave" violently tossed ships docked along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia at about 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 8, 1817, according to newspapers of the time. Turns out, that tidal wave was actually a tsunami, launched by a powerful magnitude-7.4 earthquake that struck at approximately 4:30 a.m. ET near the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle, a new study finds. The study links the tsunami to a known earthquake.
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University of Rhode Island oceanography professor named to White House science post
Providence Journal
A professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island has been appointed to a White House post, a URI news release said. S. Bradley Moran, a professor at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography, will become the assistant director for ocean sciences in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, the news release said.
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