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New mineral science shows promise for reducing environmental impacts from mining
U.S. Geological Survey
Mining companies, land managers and regulators now have a wealth of tools to aid in reducing potential mining impacts even before the mine gets started. USGS and various research partners released a special edition of papers specifically targeted at providing modern environmental effect research for modern mining techniques.
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'Eternal flames' of ancient times could spark interest of modern geologists
Phys.org
Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and "eternal flames" that were central to ancient religious practices — from Indonesia and Iran to Italy and Azerbaijan. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories about the religious and social practices of the Ancient World, writes Guiseppe Etiope of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy.
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How to solve crimes with dirt and chromatography
Chromatography Today
We've all seen CSI and have all marvelled at the ingenuous ways in which the detectives get their man. Of course, that's a TV show, where fact is often morphed into fiction and techniques are exaggerated — or even completely invented — to inflate the poetry of the storyline. However, not all of the forensic techniques featured in the show are quite so far-fetched. Of course, soil analysis has been used in criminal cases since long before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle incorporated it into his Sherlock Holmes' tales. More recently, one of Doyle's compatriots has combined soil analysis with gas chromatography to take the discipline to a whole new level.
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AIPG NEWS



AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Registration is open
AIPG
Registration is now open for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Click here for meeting details.
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AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting and field trip
AIPG
Photos of the meeting and field trip have been posted on the AIPG Facebook page. The meeting was May 15 and the Consequences of Living with Geology Field Trip, with field trip leader David Abbott, was May 16.
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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist is now available online
AIPG
The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, April/May/June 2015, includes AIPG Alaska National Conference information and AIPG 2016-17 National Executive Committee Officer ballot information and ballot enclosed, plus much more!
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US female geoscience enrollments level off
American Geosciences Institute
In Geoscience Currents #102, we examine the trends of U.S. geoscience enrollment by gender. The long-standing trend of increases, both in percent and absolutely, of women as geoscience students has now ended, with the absolute enrollments leveling off, and percentage-based enrollment levels decreasing slightly. Read this Currents to find out more about this new change in geoscience demographics.
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AIPG new members and applicants (January - May)
AIPG
Check out the listing of new AIPG members and applicants from January 29-May 4.
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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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AIPG call for abstracts: Alaska 2015 National Conference — Deadline is June 8
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 June 8.
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Attention musically talented geoscientists! Rockslide Rendezvous!
AIPG
Announcing the First Annual Rockslide Rendezvous at the AIPG national conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Bring your guitar, harmonica, fiddle or whatever you play to an open mic jam session following the Awards Dinner and Entertainment on Monday, Sept. 21, at the Hilton Anchorage hotel. No particular proficiency level required or guaranteed. Just come and have fun playing and singing your favorite songs! If you don't play an instrument, singers are greatly encouraged and direly needed to participate. Please join us for an evening of fun and fellowship in Anchorage!
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AIPG Montana Technical Sessions and 2015 Energy Exposition — Registration is open
AIPG
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Register online or use this registration form. Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24-25 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., in Billings, Montana. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please go here to submit an abstract. Presentations/Presenters.
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Advertise to over 15,000
AIPG
Showcase your company! Sign up for a one-year business card-size ad in AIPG's The Professional Geologist publication (four quarterly issues). The TPG Professional Services Directory lists companies with experience and expertise in all phases of geology and is distributed to over 15,000 in the geosciences around the globe. TPG is printed, placed online and emailed. The journal is made available at all the conferences that AIPG hosts and attends. For only $400 (AIPG members) and $500 (nonmembers) it is a great deal!
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From the AIPG National Executive Committee
AIPG
AIPG members please be advised that Dr. Robert Stewart is no longer with AIPG headquarters. Recruitment efforts for the position of AIPG Executive Director are currently underway. Former AIPG Executive Director William Siok has agreed to come out of retirement to serve as Interim Executive Director until the search for a new AIPG Executive Director concludes.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now online
AIPG
  • The AIPG Arizona Section Newsletter — May 2015
  • The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter — May 2015
  • The AIPG Minnesota Section Newsletter — April 2015
  • The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG California Section Newsletter — May 2015

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    AIPG 2015 National Award recipients
    AIPG
    Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal — David M. Abbott, CPG-04570, Denver, Colorado
    Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award — James A. Jacobs, CPG-07760, Mill Valley, California
    Award of Honorary Membership — Dennis Pennington, CPG-04401, Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
    Outstanding Achievement Award — Karl Karlstrom and Laura Crossey, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Awards will be presented at the AIPG National Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 21, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. For award descriptions, past recipients and nomination information, follow the "Read More" link.

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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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    Button-up long sleeve denim AIPG shirt
    AIPG
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    AIPG polo shirt
    AIPG
    This Port Authority Men's polo shirt is made with 7-ounce heavyweight pique, 100 percent ring-spun combed cotton, garment washed, welt collar and cuffs, double needle stitched, side vents and horn tone buttons. Embroidered AIPG lettering and pick and gavel in white and gold. Available colors: bark, black, blueberry, burgundy, dark green, faded blue, forest, light blue, navy, orange, pistachio, purple, red, royal, seafoam, steel grey, stone, turquoise, white, yellow. Available sizes: Small-6XLarge.
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    AIPG ladies silk touch polo
    AIPG
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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    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


    After Nepal quakes, monsoon poses risk of more landslides, floods
    Channel NewsAsia
    Areas of Nepal remain perilously unstable following last month's devastating earthquake, and, as the May 12 tremor showed, landslides pose an ongoing menace that will only increase when seasonal monsoon rains begin to fall in the coming weeks.
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    Geologists fine-tune search for life on Mars
    R&D
    VideoBrief For centuries, people have imagined the possibility of life on Mars. But long-held dreams that Martians could be invaders of Earth, or little green men, or civilized superbeings, all have been undercut by missions to our neighboring planet that have, so far, uncovered no life at all. Yet visits to the Red Planet by unmanned probes from NASA and the European Space Agency have found evidence that a prime condition for life once may have existed: water.
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    Geologists: Hidden Cascades volcano may pose a threat
    KING-TV via USA Today
    VideoBrief May 18 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens that killed 57 people. Mount Rainier is considered the world's most dangerous volcano because of its size and how close it is to the population centers of Tacoma and Seattle. But there's another mountain you've probably never seen that's getting attention for the risks it poses to the Seattle area.
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    New link between ocean microbes and atmosphere uncovered
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    A factor that determines the properties of clouds that help moderate the planet's temperature may be decided in the oceans. The oceans are home to phytoplankton, which when they decay, produce molecules that become airborne — if bacteria don't eat the molecules first. A team of researchers found that the process by which marine bacteria consume phytoplankton has an apparent direct role in affecting cloud properties.
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    Researchers worried about largest ice shelf in Antarctica
    Tech Times
    The largest floating ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is thinning out because of hotter air and ocean temperatures that are forcing it towards a meltdown that could add significantly to global sea level rise by as much as 1.64 feet or 50 cm, according to latest international study.
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    Rare African plant signals diamonds lurking under the surface
    The Independent
    If a plant recently discovered in Liberia is as picky as it appears, then diamond hunters may have just had their job made much easier. Geologists have identified Pandanus candelabrum, a thorny, palmlike plant, which seems to exclusively grow on top of columns of rock that are known to exhume diamonds.
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    'Substantial' El Nino event predicted
    BBC News
    The El Nino effect, which can drive droughts and flooding, is under way in the tropical Pacific, say scientists. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology predicted that it could become a "substantial" event later in the year.
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