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Add your support to New York's licensure effort
During its 2014 session, the New York State Legislature passed A4753-D/S3810-D, which institutes professional licensure for geologists in New York. AEG congratulates the New York State Council of Professional Geologists, who worked for many years to obtain passage of this important legislation.

There is, however, one additional step needed to make this legislation law: It must be signed by the governor. AEG members are urged to send letters of support to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This is particularly important for those of us who practice and/or live in New York, since constituent support is more strongly considered.

Download a sample letter here. Please mail your letters of support to the following address:
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    Executive Chambers
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224
    Phone: 518-474-8390
Be sure to reference the bill number (A4753-D/S3810-D). If you have any questions, please contact Ken Neal, AEG Licensure Committee Co-Chair.
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Reminder: September AEG News is now available
The September edition of AEG News is now online. You can download a .pdf copy or view it in digital form.
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GSA's annual meeting in Vancouver
The Geological Society of America
The Geological Society of America will hold its 126th Annual Meeting & Exposition Oct. 19-22 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Special talks will cover such topics as the transportation of crude oil, earthquake prediction problems and how to land on Mars. A dedicated field guide, "Trials and Tribulations of Life on an Active Subduction Zone," details field trips in and around the Vancouver area.
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Drilling into an active earthquake fault in New Zealand
University of Michigan via ScienceDaily
Three University of Michigan geologists are participating in an international effort to drill nearly a mile beneath the surface of New Zealand this fall to bring back rock samples from an active fault known to generate major earthquakes. The goal of the Deep Fault Drilling Project is to better understand earthquake processes by sampling the Alpine Fault, which is expected to trigger a large event in the coming decades.
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Powerful Hurricane Odile lashes Mexico's Baja Peninsula
USA Today
Hurricane Odile delivered a punishing blow to the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas, tearing away the fronts of luxury resorts and leveling ramshackle homes. Although Odile was weakening as it continued up the Baja California Peninsula, torrential rain and thunderstorms from the storm's remnants could flood parts of the waterlogged U.S. Southwest, AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada said.

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Streamgages measure drought, earthquake impacts on water
U.S. Geological Survey
While the national streamflow database is documenting evidence of California's historic drought, the database is also confirming another recently seen hydrologic phenomenon — earthquake-induced increases in streamflow.

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NSF announces the Community College Innovation Challenge
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation recently launched its Community College Innovation Challenge. In this contest, NSF is challenging students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. An incentive: Teams submitting top ideas will receive professional coaching and cash prizes.

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We will rock you — Geologic Map Day
U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey is partnering with the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State Geologists and others to promote the importance of geologic mapping to society. Celebrate the third annual Geologic Map Day on Oct. 17, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2014 activities. Geologic Map Day will focus the attention of students, teachers and the general public on the study, uses and significance of these tools by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources and public outreach opportunities.
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AGI to host Earth Science Week
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute will again host Earth Science Week, an international event that helps the public appreciate the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held Oct. 12-18 and will celebrate the theme "Earth's Connected Systems."
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Petra unearths 232-carat white diamond in South Africa (The Telegraph)
Digital map reveals hidden archaeology of Stonehenge (University of Birmingham via ScienceDaily)
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Early Earth less hellish than previously thought
Geology Times
Conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates. This alternate view of Earth's first geologic eon, called the Hadean, has gained substantial new support from the first detailed comparison of zircon crystals that formed more than 4 billion years ago with those formed contemporaneously in Iceland, which has been proposed as a possible geological analog for early Earth.
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