AEG Insider
Jan. 30, 2014

AEG: Meet Jim Fels
The AEG Insider is proud to announce that we will feature short bios for either one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. Here is an introduction to one of the AEG leaders — Jim Fels.More

Douglas R. Piteau Outstanding Young Member Award
This award, established in 1985, is named in honor of Douglas R. Piteau, a deceased member of the association who distinguished himself early in his career as an expert on landslides and rock slope stability. This award is presented to a member who is age 35 or under (not 36 until Jan. 1 in the year following the Annual Meeting in which the award is given) and has excelled, either singly or in combination, in the following areas: Technical Accomplishment, Service to the Association and Service to the Engineering Geology Profession.

Each Section is, at its discretion, encouraged to choose an individual deserving of the award, to publicize the nomination at the Section level and to nominate the individual. Nominations can also be made by the membership at-large. The Awards Committee, at its discretion, selects a candidate from the nominees for the president's confirmation. The award, not necessarily conferred annually, consists of an engraved plaque which is presented at the Annual Banquet. Nominations are due March 15 and should be submitted to headquarters.More

Richard H. Jahns Lecture; 2014 Jahns Lecture abstracts
Gregory L. Hempen has been named the 2013-2014 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology. Greg is a geophysicist/geological engineer, consulting for URS Corporation's St. Louis Office.More

The Visiting Professionals Program
AEG has developed a Visiting Professionals Program to promote the exciting career that is environmental and engineering geology. Whether you are a student interested in learning more about the profession or an experienced professional ready to promote the benefits our industry provides, this program can help. For more information, click here. More

USGS funding
The omnibus appropriations bill enacted last week provides $1.032 billion for the U.S. Geological Survey. Although this is $134.9 million less than the president's request, it is an increase of $19.8 million above the fiscal year 2013 enacted level once sequestration is accounted for. Detailed funding information is available on the coalition's website.More

Call for papers — 'Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future'
The Geological Society of America
We invite all — geoscientists and nongeoscientists — alike to consider submitting a paper to be included in this important volume that will appear in early 2015. This project is a result of collaboration following the 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver and builds upon the success of sessions that were held then. It also responds to the great need to publicize the value of science applied to the solution of daunting problems in our interaction with earth systems and for the common good.More

Mine locally to support renewable energy construction
Arizona Geology
The introductory articles on economic geology in the November issue of Nature Geoscience are highly recommended. The article "Minerals for a low-carbon society" offers fascinating insights, including "A shift to renewable energy will replace one non-renewable resource (fossil fuel) with another (metals and minerals)."More

'Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake' (USGS video)
U.S. Geological Survey via YouTube
VideoBrief"Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake" is a short video relating how the largest quake in U.S. history had profound and lasting impacts on our lives. The video features U.S. Geological Survey geologist George Plafker, who, in the 1960s, correctly interpreted the quake as a subduction zone event. This was a great leap forward in resolving key mechanisms of the developing theory of plate tectonics. Loss of life and destruction from the quake and accompanying tsunamis was the impetus for things like the NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers and the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.More

Climate, terroir, and wine: What matters most in producing a great wine?
EARTH Magazine
Weather and climate have played decisive roles throughout human existence — where and how cultures developed, where they migrated and even how some died out. The most successful early civilizations were those that developed strong agrarian systems based on what crops were most compatible with the climate.More

AEG: Meet Renee Wawczak
The AEG Insider is proud to announce that we will feature short bios for either one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. Here is an introduction to one of the AEG leaders — Renee Wawczak.More

New state fault maps show higher earthquake risks in Hollywood
Los Angeles Times
New state geological maps released show several major developments planned in Hollywood are much closer to an active earthquake fault than Los Angeles city officials initially said. The maps chart the course of the Hollywood fault, which runs from Atwater Village and Los Feliz, through central Hollywood and west along the Sunset Strip.More

Vancouver would shake more than previously thought during earthquake
The Vancouver Sun
New research is shaking the entire notion of what could happen to Metro Vancouver during an earthquake, indicating the area would rock harder and longer from a quake than would other areas given the shape and composition of the ground on which it rests.More

What is a porphyry copper deposit?
Tucson Citizen
Over the last several years, many of you have probably heard the term "porphyry copper" and wondered what everyone is talking about. Porphyry copper deposits are very large mineralized systems that are typically formed by relatively small intrusions (stocks), which are several thousand feet in diameter.More

Supergene enrichment: How natural processes have transformed low-grade copper mineralization into economic ores
Tucson Citizen
The general relationships of the primary alteration and mineralization that are found within porphyry copper systems was discussed in "What is a Porphyry Copper Deposit?" Also known as "hypogene" alteration and mineralization, these assemblages are produced by the circulation hydrothermal solutions (hot water) as a porphyry copper is formed at depth. This article will discuss "supergene" alteration and mineralization assemblages, which are formed when these sulfide-bearing deposits are exposed to near-surface, oxidizing solutions (groundwater) as they are exhumed by erosion and exposed to weathering.More

Science highlights

Here are some of the top stories around the world:


INSTAAR study shows unprecedented warmth in Arctic
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
The heat is on — at least in the Arctic. Average summer temperatures in the Eastern Canadian Arctic during the last 100 years are higher now than during any century in the past 44,000 years and perhaps as long ago as 120,000 years, says a new INSTAAR study.More

Aerial footage of destructive rock fall in Italy
Tareom via YouTube
VideoBriefThe following is a documentary about the devastating rock fall on Jan. 21 in Termeno (South Tyrol), Italy.More