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Geologists discover new layer in Earth's mantle
Sci-News.com
New research led by Dr Hauke Marquardt of the University of Bayreuth, Germany, suggests the existence of a previously unknown superviscous layer inside our planet: part of the lower mantle where the rock gets three times stiffer. Such a layer may explain why tectonic plate slabs seem to pool at 930 miles (1,500 km) under Indonesia and South America's Pacific coast.
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Car-sized Salamander roamed Portugal 230 million years ago
ZME Science
Paleontologists have found the remains of a "super salamander" — a previously unknown car-sized species of early amphibian. The predatory salamander likely feasted on fish and even small dinosaurs. Researchers can say for sure that it is a new species, judging by its jaw structure and parts of the skull where the spinal cord meets the brain.
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NASA rover finishes Mars marathon in record time of 11 years, 2 months
KNBC-TV
NASA's Opportunity rover has completed the distance of a marathon — 26.2 miles — after more than 11 years on Mars and a road trip that has exceeded research and distance expectations. The official time was 11 years and two months — a snail's pace by Earth standards, but scientists and engineers still have a major reason to celebrate. Opportunity broke the record for off-Earth distance traveled that was previously held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 moon rover.
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AIPG NEWS


Ohio 2015 Shale Hydrocarbon Conference — Registration is open
AIPG
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 Shales of the Appalachian Basin with Ohio's Geology in Core and Outcrop Short Course and Field Trip. The conference is being held in Columbus, Ohio, on April 27-29. 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. List of Presentations/Presenters. Register online or pdf form | Ad Flyer | Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form
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AIPG call for abstracts deadline extended — 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 April 13.
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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 Section Newsletters now online
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  • The AIPG California Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Wisconsin Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Northeast Section Newsletter — Winter 2015
  • The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter — March 2015
  • The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter — February/March 2015

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    Dr. Patrick Leahy, CPG-10507, Awarded Prestigious AASG Pick and Gavel Award
    AIPG
    The Association of American State Geologists has recognized the Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute, Dr. P Patrick Leahy, CPG-10507, with its prestigious Pick and Gavel Award. This award was initiated by AASG in 1999 to recognize distinguished friends of geology who have made major contributions to advancing or facilitating the role that geoscience plays in our society.
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    AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award — Submittal deadline is June 30
    AIPG
    The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500 award for the chapter and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.
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    AIPG Section Leadership Award — Submittal deadline is May 31
    AIPG
    The AIPG Section Leadership Award was established by the Executive Committee in 2013 to recognize one or more of our members who have demonstrated a long-term commitment and have been long-term contributors to AIPG at the section level. AIPG has many sections where one or more individuals have demonstrated exceptional leadership for their section and in many instances kept the section together and moving forward. These individuals are commonly not known at the National level or by AIPG members outside of their sections, however, their contributions have been vital to their sections and they perform this work because of their commitment to our profession and AIPG. The award will consist of a plaque (or similar) that will be presented to the awardees at the banquet of the annual meeting of AIPG.
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    EARTH Magazine
    AIPG
    The American Geosciences Institute is happy to offer a free 90-day (three issues) trial for the digital versions of EARTH Magazine. AGI has published EARTH since 1956 (as Geotimes through 2008) and now we invite you to check us out with no obligation. After 90 days, if you wish to subscribe it is $20 annually. Go to www.earthmagazine.org/trial to get started.
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    AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist
    AIPG
    The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, January/February/March 2015 — Student themed issue is now available online. We now have a new digital e-pub available. Let us know what you think and if you have any comments or suggests. Email us at aipg@aipg.org.
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    Vote for the Lego Geologist Kit
    Lego Ideas
    One of the joys of Lego toys is that they can be used to create anything you can imagine. Since 2008, the Japanese company Cuusoo has been helping Lego fans worldwide to create their own kits and, with enough votes, get them produced by Lego. Recently, user "circeverba" submitted her design for a geology themed kit. Her objective is to share some of her career activities and research tools as a way to build awareness of what geologists do. The kit comes in two portions, a field section where two geologists are examining the stratigraphy of a cave and a lab portion with a scanning electron microscope. The kit also includes essential geologic items such as a Brunton compass, a rock hammer and a field dog.

    To be released as an official Lego kit, the idea must receive 10,000 votes within a year. At the time of writing, the proposal has just over 2000 votes less than a month after it was submitted. If you would be interested in seeing this kit in stores in the future, please, lend your support. It takes less than five minutes to support the project, and this could become an important educational tool for our industry.

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    AIPG windbreaker jacket
    AIPG
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    AIPG sport tek T-shirt
    AIPG
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    AIPG ladies silk touch polo
    AIPG
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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    April 11 AIPG Georgia Section Field Trip Southern Ionics Heavy Mineral Mine
    April 27-29 AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin Columbus, Ohio
    May 15-16 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Thornton, Colorado
    June 16-17 5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop — Site Characterization Roscommon County, Michigan
    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


    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Research links 2 millennia of cyclones, floods, El Niño
    Cornell College
    Stalagmites, which crystallize from water dropping onto the floors of caves, millimeter by millimeter, over thousands of years, leave behind a record of climate change encased in stone. Newly published research by Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, and his research team, applied a novel technique to stalagmites from the Australian tropics to create a 2,200-year-long record of flood events that might also help predict future climate change.
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    Consortium combines best of geophysics, reservoir engineering
    E&P Magazine
    Time-lapse seismic is one of the great success stories in the geophysical industry. From dubious roots in the 1980s to widespread adoption today, the technology gives oil companies repeat seismic pictures of the subsurface to help them make decisions about the development of their fields.
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    VIMS scientists build underwater robot to help with Arctic oil spills
    The Daily Press
    Major oil companies are eyeing the Arctic as a new frontier for energy resources — but extracting those resources is risky business in a region known for icy, stormy conditions. Last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed the first rules for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Brian Salerno, head of the DOI's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said they should help ensure the resources are developed "safely and responsibly." Among those rules are requirements for containing and cleaning up an oil spill in a sea ice environment.
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    LiDAR studies of the September 2013 Colorado Front Range flooding and debris flows
    Phys.org
    Scott W. Anderson and colleagues use repeat aerial LiDAR to quantify the erosional impact of the heavy rains that inundated the Colorado Front Range in September 2013. The five-day storm triggered more than 1,100 landslides and debris flows in a 3,430-square-kilometer area due to 200-450 mm of heavy, steady rainfall. This number of hillslope failures in a single event represents unprecedented activity for the region in its approximately 150 years of written history.
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    Students and geology professor research ancient marine animal
    Appalachian State University
    Lyndsie White is a senior industrial design major at Appalachian State University. Bonnie Nguyen is a recent graduate of the university's exercise science program. They might seem like an unlikely pair to be part of a research project based in the Appalachian's Department of Geology, but their skill set is helping Dr. Johnny Waters and others better understand blastoids, an ancient marine group of echinoderms and distant cousins to starfish and brittle stars.
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    Hualalai geothermal study planned
    Hawaii Tribune Herald
    The search for geothermal energy under the dormant Hualalai volcano is moving forward. A University of Hawaii researcher has asked the state Board of Land and Natural Resources for a geothermal exploration permit to conduct a noninvasive geophysical study of the west rift zone of Hualalai, just north of Kailua-Kona.
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    Sea level rise concern grows
    Mount Desert Islander
    As more information comes out regarding recent, unprecedented rises in coastal sea levels, state and local officials are considering the risks involved with such events. According to a study published in February in the scientific journal "Nature Communications," sea levels along the Northeastern coast of the United States rose over 5 inches from 2009-2010. This rise was even more pronounced along the Maine coast, where water levels grew by an average of six inches that year.
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