AIPG eNews
Jan. 20, 2015

Shattered Mars rock could be science goldmine
Discovery News
VideoBrief On Jan. 13 — Sol 867 of its mission — Curiosity began drilling operations on a slab of bedrock at the base of Mount Sharp. But in so doing, the delicate target rock broke apart. Although the slab might not be suitable for further drilling, mission scientists are excited by the opportunity to study the shattered rock left in Curiosity's wake.More

Earliest records of Earth's atmosphere found in ancient rocks, shows persistence down billions of years
International Business Times
A memory of Earth's primordial surface environment recorded in ancient rocks four billion years old shows it was similar to that a billion years later, and compatible with terrestrial microbial life. Researchers from McGill studied rocks along the Hudson Bay coast in the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt in northern Quebec, believed to be deposited as sediments 4.3 billion years ago.More

Incredible images show underwater volcano creating wall of ash around Tongan island
The Independent
VideoBrief Incredible images have been released showing the eruption of Tonga's massive underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa, as it continues to disrupt flights in and out of the country. The new footage, taken by geologists for the Tongan government, shows the volcano erupting "every five minutes" and sending ash and smoke hundreds of meters up into the air. More

AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now past due
Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the Bylaws. Suspensions will occur on Feb. 15. Payments after Feb. 15 will be charged a $20 late fee. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. 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. More

AIPG student scholarship applications due Feb. 15
AIPG Student Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship applications are due Feb. 15. For details on the undergraduate scholarship, click here. For details on the graduate scholarship, click here. If you have any questions call 303-412-6205 or email

AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24-25 with an optional field trip on Friday, June 26. The schedule is structured to allow plenty of time to browse and participate in the Energy Exposition. Registration will include "Breakfast and a Movie" both days, lunch and reduced ticket pricing for the Expo dinner on June 25. Click here for additional information on the Energy Exposition. The technical session presentations will be held at the Rimrock Arena within the MetraPark Expo Center, 308 6th Avenue N., Billings, Montana, 59101. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by March 9, 2015.More

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Study: Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought
The Associated Press via The New York Times
The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says. The study found that for much of the 20th century — until about 1990 — sea level was about 30 percent less than earlier research had figured. But that's not good news, scientists say, because about 25 years ago the seas started rising faster and the acceleration in 1990 turns out to be more dramatic than previously calculated.More

Open source data and the future of mineral exploration
Geology For Investors
The majority of mining data is proprietary and companies carefully guard this data for a variety of different reasons. One of these reasons is the sheer cost of obtaining this data. Another reason that data is guarded so carefully is that it needs to go through a careful vetting process before it can get released to the public. The last reason that mining data and methods are kept proprietary is to maintain an edge over competitors. However, the world is a rapidly changing place and we should consider radically new approaches to one of the oldest industries.More

The world's hottest volcanoes
Earth Sky
A fascinating new analysis used satellite observations of 95 of Earth's most active volcanoes to determine which ones on Earth have been the hottest since the turn of the century. The answer depends on how you define "hottest."More

42 mastodon bones found in Michigan backyard
Two neighbors in central Michigan recently spent four days digging up bones, 42 of them in total — the remnants of an ancient mastodon, which experts believe was killed and carved up by humans. All 42 bones — icluding several leg, shoulder and hip bones, as well as the base of one tusk and several vertebrae fragments — belong to a single mastodon, thought to be somewhere between 10,000 and 14,000 years old. More

1st atomic blast proposed as start of Anthropocene
For historians, the first atomic bomb blast in 1945 ushered in the nuclear age. But for a group of geologists, the July 16 test near Alamogordo, New Mexico, marks the start of a new unit of geologic time: the Anthropocene epoch.More

Massachusetts river serves up rare 'ice circle'
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Susan Stanley of Amherst, Massachusetts, said she nearly cried when she happened upon a rare natural phenomenon — a perfect circle of ice slowly spinning in the current of the Mill River. It's called an ice circle, disc or pan. Stanley said she saw the ice circle, about two feet in diameter rotating very slowly in the river's current. Gregory Stewart of the U.S. Geological Survey called it a rare occurrence, especially in the Northeast.More

Experts see lower aquifer as viable water source
Daily Commercial
Preliminary models analyzing an alternative water supply in south Lake have shown the Lower Floridan Aquifer could be a viable water source in the future. Water experts have cautioned that south Lake County has a little under five years to find an alternative water supply before withdrawals from the Floridan Aquifer could began impacting lakes, wetlands and springs. More