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HERE'S TO A NEW YEAR!

With 2014 coming to a close, The AEG Insider would like to wish its subscribers, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.


As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. Last week featured the top 10 articles. This week includes 10 additional popular articles.

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 8.



Large sinkhole has opened at the Austin Peay State University football field
New York Daily News
From May 22: Construction crews were trying to fill a massive sinkhole that began at 3 feet by 5 feet at Austin Peay State University's Governors Stadium in Tennessee. The hole was first discovered near the football field's end zone, where it meets the track, during a renovation project to replace the main stadium building about a month ago.
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Scientists begin to demystify hole found in Siberian permafrost
The New York Times
VideoBrief From July 24: After a flood of speculation — meteorite collision, methane explosion related to gas drilling and UFO — following the discovery of a gaping crater in the permafrost near big gas fields on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia, scientists are starting to offer more informed views.
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Unique crystals: Newfound mineral is like no other
Discovery
From May 1: A new purple-pink mineral that has a chemical composition and crystalline structure unlike any of the known 4,000 minerals has been discovered at a mining site in Western Australia, researchers report. Now called putnisite, the mineral was discovered in a surface outcrop of Polar Bear Peninsula, Southern Lake Cowan, north of Norseman.
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Time-lapse video of foundation drilling for Dubai residential high-rise
YouTube via GeoPrac.net
VideoBrief From July 17: The following is a time-lapse video of complete foundation engineering works — from sunrise to sunset and until sunrise again — at The Address Residence Sky View project in downtown Dubai.
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Archaeologists in Egypt unearth a previously unknown pharaoh's tomb
Smithsonian magazine
From Jan. 23: When it comes to archeaology, you'd think Egypt would be a pretty picked-over place, with all the treasures and tombs cracked open by Napoleon and, later, by 19th- and early 20th-century explorers. And yet, there are still discoveries to be made — such as the remains of a new, previously unknown pharaoh have just emerged from the sands.
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Sinkhole grows just miles from World Cup Stadium in Brazil
The Weather Channel
From June 26: A sinkhole that opened up last week in the wake of record-breaking rainfall in the World Cup host city of Natal, Brazil, continues to expand, swallowing homes and cars and forcing the evacuation of 150 families.
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Oso landslide — AEG members in the news
AEG
From April 10: It is tragic when a geologic hazard like Oso occurs and lives are lost. It does, however, provide an opportunity for our profession to step forward and provide the scientific explanation of how geohazards occur. AEG is proud that some of our members have been in the news as scientific experts.

Through education and persistence, our profession can increase the public's knowledge and hopefully have an impact on legislation and land use planning. The ultimate goal is public safety and AEG members are on the front line.

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Luxury home in danger of falling into Texas lake
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
VideoBrief From June 12: A vacant luxury house appears on the verge of tumbling 75 feet into a Central Texas lake because a cliff is collapsing beneath the property.
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Massive volcanic eruption is making Iceland grow
NPR
From Sept. 25: The tiny, island nation of Iceland is in the middle of a growth spurt. For the past month, the country's Bardarbunga volcano has been churning out lava at a prodigious rate. And the eruption shows no signs of abating.
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Kent State researchers study the stability of Mount Rushmore
Kent State University
From Oct. 23: For Kent State University Professor of Geology and long-time AEG member Abdul Shakoor, Ph.D., studying the stability of Mount Rushmore, visited by nearly three million people each year, was a lifelong dream.

In 2013, with the help of his graduate student Lindsay Poluga, an AEG student member, the two reached out to the National Park Service to develop a research project and write a grant proposal. The $25,000 National Park Service grant was awarded this past summer and Shakoor and Poluga traveled to Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, to study the effect of vibrations on the sculptures associated with the annual Fourth of July fireworks exhibit.


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