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Yellowstone supervolcano 'turned the asphalt into soup,' shut down roads
RT
Extreme heat from a massive supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park is melting a major roadway at the popular summertime tourist attraction. Park officials have closed the area to visitors. "It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal," Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said. While thermal activity under the park often gives way to temperature fluctuations that can soften asphalt throughout Yellowstone, Hottle said the latest wave seems worse than usual.
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Geologists seek work — any work — as mining boom goes bust
Reuters
The collapse of the global mining boom is decimating the ranks of working geologists. With little chance of employment, many are being forced into unwanted career changes to pay the bills. While scores of truck drivers, equipment operators, mechanics and other mining staff have also seen their numbers pared, geologists are among the hardest hit as companies abandon exploration and concentrate on working existing mines.
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Cellular towers in the service of meteorology
i24 News
Israeli scientists perfected a method to measure rain, snow and even detect fog. Professor Hagit Messer from Tel Aviv University realized about 10 years ago that it is possible to dramatically improve the accuracy of environmental monitoring using an unexpected tool — cellular towers.
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2015 AIPG National Executive Officers
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The AIPG 2015 National Executive Committee officers are:

President — J. Foster Sawyer, CPG-10000;
President-Elect — Helen V. Hickman, CPG-07535;
Past President — Raymond W. Talkington, CPG-07935;
Vice President — J. Todd McFarland, CPG-11348;
Secretary — James R. Burnell, CPG-11609; and
Treasurer — R. Douglas Bartlett, CPG-08433.

The four Advisory Board Representatives will be elected at the AIPG Advisory Board Meeting on Sept. 13, in Prescott, Arizona.

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2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
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Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Arizona Hydrological Society for the 2014 Water and Rocks, the Foundations of Life National Conference in Prescott, Arizona. Click here for conference details. Registration is open. Contact hours will be available for attending technical sessions and technical field trips.

Click here to register online. You can view a list of presentations/presenters here.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
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Silent Auction — Sept. 15 at AIPG Awards Dinner
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists will hold a silent auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner and social function at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening dinner function, at about 8:30 pm. We hope you will consider a donation to the silent auction to raise funds in support of the Foundation for AIPG programs, scholarships, internships and various initiatives. Please complete the form with information about your donations (such as mineral/rock specimens, books, antiques or historic items, artwork, jewelry, maps, stay at a vacation home and other things geologic).

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Submit an abstract to the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting
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Give your research the exposure and visibility it deserves by submitting an abstract for the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting. The AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 15-19, in San Francisco, is the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists in the world, attracting Earth and space scientists, educators and students, among other leaders. Research presented at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting was seen by nearly 24,000 Earth and space scientists, and generated more than 4,500 print and online news stories. Submit now!

Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Aug. 6.

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3rd Annual Water Management in Mining: July 28-30
Water Management in Mining Summit
The 3rd Annual Water Management in Mining Summit is a two-day intensive event to be held July 29-30 in Denver, sponsored by Tetra Tech and Environ.

The summit will investigate the regulatory atmosphere, technical methods for dealing with challenges, such as Tailings and Acid Mine Drainage, and also explore the role that varying departments have in the water management process in order to ensure that your mine has a comprehensive and holistic approach to water management.

Join Rio Tinto, U.S. Energy Corp, DeBeers, St. Cloud Mining, Kinross, Imperial Oil, Total, Newmont, Thompson Creek Metals, Consol Energy and more who are attending the summit this July.

To register with a 20-percent discount, contact us at 1-800-882-8684 or via email at enquiryIQPC@iqpc.com.

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AGI photo contest
American Geosciences Institute

Geoscience Students:
Are you proud of all your geoscientific accomplishments? Have you taken any memorable photos of your geoscientific work? If so, we invite you to participate in the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. AGI, in coordination with AGU, GSA and AIPG, are looking for any and all geoscience footage displaying your dedicated efforts and proud work. Any photos that display research, field trips, internships or your experiences as up and coming geoscientists are welcomed. Various prizes from the involved geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first-, second- and third-place photos.

Geoscience Faculty:
This year, AGI is partnering with AGU, GSA and AIPG for the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. We are looking for any and all Geoscience footage displaying your student's dedicated efforts and research. Any photos that show what life as a geoscientist is like are welcome. Various prizes from the involved Geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first-, second- and third-place photos. We request your help in promoting contest participation from your department's students, but faculty entries are encouraged as well.

All photos, with release forms, must be emailed to workforce1@agiweb.org by July 25.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
July 28-30 3rd Annual Water Management in Mining Water Management in Mining Summit
Aug. 6 Deadline to submit an abstract to the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting Submit now
Aug. 25-27 2014 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Denver URTeC
Aug. 28-Sept. 7 AWG 2014 Canadian Rockies Geology Field Trip, out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Register here; contact Debbie Hanneman for more information
Sept. 13-16 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference Water & Rocks — the Foundations of Life, Prescott, Arizona Register online
Sept. 15 The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists Silent Auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner Complete the form
Dec. 15-19 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco AGU
Sept. 19-22, 2015 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section



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World famous rocks stolen from Northern Ireland
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Sixteen pieces of rock have been stolen from a world renowned Co Antrim nature reserve. It is believed the stolen rocks contained hugely significant examples of ammonite fossils, a now extinct group related to squids. Some geologists regard the rocks at Portrush, in Northern Ireland, as the single most important geological locality in the world.

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UNLV researchers make big find with tiny fossil
Los Vegas Review-Journal
It resembles a speck of mud on a wafer of black shale, something you might be tempted to scrape off with your fingernail. But the latest discovery by UNLV researchers is no small thing. When viewed through a scanning electron microscope, the speck blossoms into a spindly, starfish-shaped fossil formed roughly 560 million years ago, before the rise of complex, multicellular animals.

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Geologists confirm twice as many unlinked big quakes in 2014
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Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the frequency of earthquakes more than doubled this year. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a recent study revealed that earthquakes recorded during the first quarter of 2014 more than doubled when compared to the average number recorded since 1979.

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Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong quake near Fukushima
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Japan issued a tsunami advisory early July 12 after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake struck in the Pacific off Fukushima prefecture, authorities said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a local tsunami of up to one meter (3.3 feet) could impact the Pacific coastline in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures after the quake, whose epicenter U.S. geologists placed at a depth of 13 kilometers.
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California dam construction site turns out to be fossil trove
Tech Times
The Calaveras Reservoir east of Milpitas, California, is set to become home to a new dam project. But workers digging up ground for the structure have discovered something unexpected — a treasure trove of ancient fossils. Fossils discovered at the construction site are providing researchers a glimpse into what life was like in the area now called Silicon Valley, 20 million years in the past.
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Contemporary Geoscientists of China: De-gan SHU
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Dr. De-gan Shu, a royal interpreter of evolution theory of Darwin, has has traced the ancestors of human to 530 million years ago. Professor SHU is renowned for his 11 articles published in Nature and Science. He established a new extinct Phylum "Vetulicolia," discovered the earliest-known soft-bodied ancestor of echinoderms vetulocystids, and more importantly, "The First Fish" Myllokunmingiida, which is believed to be the oldest ancestor of human beings in the vertebrates. He also proposed a new hypothesis of three-episode development of the "Cambrian Explosion."
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Snow, ice and water carved the landscape of Mars' Hellespontus Montes
German Aerospace Center
Hellas Planitia is the largest impact crater on Mars — a gigantic, slightly oval depression between 8 and 9 kilometers deep and up to 2,200 kilometers across. The basin was created by the impact of a several-hundred-kilometer asteroid — the repercussions were not merely regional, but affected the entire planet. Images acquired by the High Resolution Stereo Camera, operated by the German Aerospace Center on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, reveal interesting landscape features.
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Massive anchovy school swarms off coast of California
Los Angeles Times
VideoBrief A massive school of Northern anchovies could be seen migrating off the coast of La Jolla, California, on the afternoon of July 8, baffling scientists who said they haven't seen anything like it in more than 30 years.
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Florida geologists creating sinkhole risk map
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Florida geologists are well on their way to creating a statewide map showing where sinkholes are most likely to form. Last year, Florida got more than $1 million in federal funding for a three-year study. A pilot in Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties ended in May. Professionals with the Florida Geological Survey visited about 230 locations, sampling and studying the land. Their fieldwork contributed to a "relative vulnerability" map that so far has proved to be 93 percent successful in the pilot area in predicting where sinkholes will form.
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Rare plant fossil cluster found in southern Taiwan
Taipei Times
Local researchers have discovered the nation's most complete plant fossil cluster on the Hengchun Peninsula providing scientific evidence that the area in southern Taiwan had a warm climate similar to the present when it was formed about 5 million years ago. It was a rare find in Taiwan as the plant fossils were well-preserved in the sandstone strata, containing detailed imprints of leaves and seeds.
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