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Geologists going to Mars?
Geology for Investors
Mars One is a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands planning to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025. This private spaceflight project, led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, aims to have humans on Mars before NASA. This controversial company has been criticized for being unrealistic. Many people believe Lansdorp would not be able to raise the money and others believe that the colonists do not have a very high chance of making to Mars at all. Of the initial 202,586 candidates, 100 remain. Three of them are geologists.
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6.9-magnitude quake in Japan triggers tsunami
The National
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake off the northeastern coast of Japan unleashed a small tsunami on Feb. 17. It was along the same coastline that was devastated by a tsunami in March 2011 which left more than 18,000 people dead. A wave of 20 centimeters was recorded off the city of Kuji at 9:07 a.m. local time (0007 GMT), way below the possible one meter tsunami that the Japan Meteorological Agency warned could hit.
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Dark matter may be linked to extinctions, geological upheavals
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Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. In a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, he states that movement through dark matter may perturb the orbits of comets and lead to additional heating in the Earth's core, both of which could be connected with mass extinction events.
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Geoscience Career Master's Preparation Survey
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute and the Association of American Geographers conducted a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (grant 1202707), surveying Geology and Geography non-Ph.D. preparatory Master's degree programs. The study, titled "Geoscience Career Master's Preparation Survey," sampled faculty and students from 20 different Geology and 20 different Geography departments investigating the preparation of key skills and competencies within their degree programs, and compared those to what nonacademic professionals indicate as the most important for their current employment. This Geoscience Currents highlights several important reasons why Master's students decide to enroll in geoscience programs. Stay tuned for more Currents from this study in the coming weeks.

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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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  • The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter — February/March 2015
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  • The AIPG California Section Newsletter — February 2015

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    New York Gov. Cuomo signed the bill to establish the profession of geology
    New York State Education Department
    NYSCPG Past-President John Nadeau (CPG-11181) announced that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill to establish the profession of geology on Nov. 21, 2014.
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    AIPG call for abstracts — Ohio 2015 Conference
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    AIPG Conference on The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources — The role of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Development of the Utica, Marcellus and other Devonian Shales of the Appalachian Basin with Ohio's Geology in Core and Outcrop Short Course and Field Trip. The conference is being held April 27-29, in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations are on April 28 and 29 with a half day short course and a half day field trip on April 27. Co-hosted by the AIPG Ohio Section. Sponsors and Exhibitors are welcome. For additional information contact Cathy Duran at cld@aipg.org or call 303-412-6205. Register online or pdf form | Ad Flyer | Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form
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    AIPG call for abstracts — Alaska 2015 National Conference
    AIPG
    Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Annual National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska! Present and attend the technical sessions on Sept. 21-22. The technical session presentations will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS. The room rate is $137. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by May 4.
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    AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
    AIPG
    Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Register online or fill out the registration form. Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24th-25th with an optional field trip: Transect Across the Beartooth Mountains Front Laramide Triangle Zone: Dean, Montana to The Golf Course. Trip leader: Ennis Geraghty, Senior Project Geologist, Stillwater Mining Company 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. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by March 9.
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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    March 14-21 AIPG Kentucky Section Bahamas Short Course Field Trip Announcements
    April 11 AIPG Georgia Section Field Trip Southern Ionics Heavy Mineral Mine
    April 27-29 AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin Columbus, Ohio
    June 24-25 2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG Billings, Montana
    Sept. 19-22 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section
    Sept. 29-30 AIPG Georgia Section: "Innovative Environmental Assessment of Remediation Technology Kennesaw, Georgia
    Sept. 9-13, 2016 AIPG 2016 National Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico


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    Vast bed of metal balls found in deep sea
    Live Science
    Scattered along the seafloor, dense clusters of large metal lumps have been discovered by scientists trolling for deep-sea creatures between South America and Africa. The R/V Sonne, a German research ship, was several hundred miles east of Barbados when a mesh net meant to capture marine life instead brought up balls of manganese ore that were bigger than softballs. A remote camera later revealed that the seafloor was littered with these round manganese nodules, some the size of bowling balls.
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    Great deposits of the world — Olympic Dam, Australia
    Geology for Investors
    One of the biggest and baddest mineral deposits in the world is Olympic Dam in South Australia. It is unimaginably large and has had a huge impact since it was discovered. It was the first active mine to crack $1 trillion in metal resources, it caused huge political uproar and single handedly overturned the uranium mining ban in South Australia and, if that wasn't enough, it is the type deposit for a previously undescribed style of mineralization.
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    Geologists: Seawalls are killing beaches
    Haaretz
    The world's beaches are disappearing, as much due to rising sea levels as to seaside development and the seawalls intended to protect those new buildings from the encroaching shoreline, say geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper, the authors of the recently released book "The Last Beach."
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    Icelandic canyon carved by brutal floods
    Ice News
    One of Iceland's biggest canyons was created by three devastating floods that occurred thousands of years apart, geologists have learned. The 280-kilometer long, 100-meter deep Jokulsargljufur canyon houses the most powerful waterfall in Europe and is a major tourist attraction in the North Atlantic island. Now scientists have worked out how the canyon was formed after analysing the rocks in the walls that line it and, surprisingly, they have discovered that the key changes likely occurred during just three brief but savage periods of flooding.
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    Snow analysis shows high water content
    WABI-TV
    VideoBrief Maine geologists are analyzing the amount of water in all the snow we’ve been getting. They say February tests results are the highest they've been in the past 10 years. Samples were taken from 70 different locations across the state. Geologists say they'll know more about the flood threat when snow starts melting over the next couple of months.
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