AIPG eNews
Nov. 11, 2014

Geologists: Quake swarm increases chance of larger event
Las Vegas Review-Journal
An earthquake swarm that began in a secluded northwest Nevada region this summer has grown more intense in recent days, increasing the chance of a large quake occurring, geology officials said. The activity is centered just off the state's northwest border, some 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, Oregon, and started July 12. Over the past three months, the laboratory has recorded some 550 incidents of seismic activity of a magnitude of 2.0 or larger, while there have been three magnitude 4.0 or higher quakes since Oct. 30.More

Geologists reveal correlation between earthquakes, landslides
A geologist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has demonstrated that earthquakes — not climate change, as previously thought — affect the rate of landslides in Peru. The finding is the subject of an article in Nature Geoscience by Devin McPhillips, a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences. More

'Big Bang' of species may be explained by continental shift
LiveScience via Yahoo News
A sudden explosion of new life-forms hundreds of millions of years ago may have been triggered by a major tectonic shift, new research shows. About 530 million years ago, the Cambrian explosion brought a surge in new species to Earth, including most modern animal groups. Recent studies suggest that, during the Cambrian explosion, life evolved about five times faster than it's evolving today. The sudden increase in species is sometimes referred to as "Darwin's dilemma" because, at face value, it seems to contradict Charles Darwin's theory of gradual evolution.More

AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now available to pay online
Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1, 2015, in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to log in 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

The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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AIPG Directory of Geoscience Products & Services
AIPG is excited to announce the recent launch of the latest edition of our new online buyer's guide, the Directory of Geoscience Products & Services.

This industry-specific search engine efficiently connects your company with geoscience professionals.

Please be aware that you may be contacted by our publishing partner, MultiView, during the coming weeks in order to verify the information currently displayed in your organization's listing. If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to reach out.

You may also contact MultiView directly at 800-816-6710 or by email at More

AIPG new members and applicants listing
Listing of New Members and Applicants for Aug. 8 through Oct. 30.More

AIPG Section Newsletters now available online


Request for award nominations
Nominations for awards, accompanied by a supporting statement should be sent via mail (to AIPG, 12000 Washington Street, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134), fax (303-253-9220) or email by Jan. 15 to the AIPG National Headquarters. National awards include the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, the John T. Galey, Sr. Memorial Public Service Award, Honorary Membership and the Outstanding Achievement Award. (Click on each link to go to the award's description.) Click here for AIPG National Awards Nomination Form in pdf.More

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Rare 2.5-billion-year-old rocks reveal hot spot of sulfur-breathing bacteria
Space Daily
Among scientists who study the early history of our 4.5 billion-year-old planet, there is a vigorous debate about the evolution of sulfur-dependent bacteria. These simple organisms arose at a time when oxygen levels in the atmosphere were less than one-thousandth of what they are now. Living in ocean waters, they respired (or breathed in) sulfate, a form of sulfur, instead of oxygen. But how did that sulfate reach the ocean, and when did it become abundant enough for living things to use it?More

Experts say 2 lava flows have many similarities
Star Advertiser
In early 1990 a tube-fed stream of red-hot pa­hoe­hoe lava slowly approached the coastal town of Kala­pana, Hawaii, in much the same way a flow threatens the village of Pahoa today. As it turned out, that relatively narrow flow of molten rock nearly 25 years ago was only the beginning of an escalating disaster that saw the entire community, including a church, store and more than 100 homes, buried under 60 feet of lava over a six-month period. Geologists warn that similarities in the behavior of the two Kilauea flows suggest the Pahoa area is highly vulnerable.More

How to make a diamond from scratch — with peanut butter
BBC News
Understanding the way diamonds are formed deep in the Earth could explain how life evolved on our planet. So a team in Germany is attempting to forge the gemstones themselves, from carbon dioxide — and peanut butter.More

USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3-D
High Country News
LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, uses lasers to create intricate three-dimensional maps in places where bad weather or thick vegetation hampered traditional aerial mapping. Though the technology itself isn't new, it's about to become more widespread: The 3-D Elevation Program, a billion-dollar initiative launched this summer by the U.S. Geological Survey and numerous partners, seeks to remap the country using LIDAR — and make the maps public. More

Unusual warm ocean conditions, bringing odd species
San Jose Mercury News
Hawaiian ono swimming off the California coast? Giant sunfish in Alaska? A sea turtle usually at home off the Galapagos Islands floating near San Francisco? Rare changes in wind patterns this fall have caused the Pacific Ocean off California and the West Coast to warm to historic levels, drawing in a bizarre menagerie of warm-water species. The mysterious phenomena are surprising fishermen and giving marine biologists an aquatic Christmas in November.More

Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time
The Guardian
Covering an area 10 times the size of the U.K. and with an average altitude greater than Mont Blanc, the Tibetan plateau is a serious geological oddity. Today it plays a huge part in controlling the Asian monsoons. For decades geologists have debated how and when the plateau reached its lofty heights, but now a new study has surprised everyone, showing that part of Tibet used to be even taller.More

Deep sea mining: The new frontier in the struggle for resources?
World Economic Forum
The global demand for natural resources continues to grow. As land-based sources decline, corporate and governmental attention is increasingly turning to an area of the planet that has been beyond reach until now — the ocean floor. Hailed as a "new resource frontier," the deep seabed is home to a variety of valuable minerals and metals, which lie hidden in underwater ridges, seamounts and sediment, up to depths of 5,000 meters.More