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New Pluto photos show 'astoundingly amazing' landscape
National Geographic
New images from the New Horizons spacecraft's close encounter with Pluto this week show the dwarf planet emerging in wonderfully perplexing detail. One new image shows a curiously young terrain marked by smooth, icy plains that's north of a spiky mountain range. Another piece of data shows an unexplained clump of carbon monoxide ice clustered over the left ventricle of the smooth, heart-shaped patch on Pluto's face. "This landscape is just astoundingly amazing," Jeff Moore of NASA's Ames Research Center said.
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Study estimates Utica shale holds gigantic amount of recoverable gas
Tribune-Review
The amount of natural gas trapped in the Utica shale might rival what drillers hope to extract from its more famous neighbor the Marcellus, a group of geologists said July 15. "It's comparable to the highest number I've seen for the Marcellus," said Doug Patchen, head of the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium at West Virginia University and lead editor of a geologic report on the Utica.
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Charon's strange mountain 'has geologists stunned and stumped'
The Daily Galaxy
The new image of an area on Pluto's largest moon Charon has a captivating feature: a depression with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset, covering an area approximately 240 miles (390 kilometers) from top to bottom, including few visible craters. "The most intriguing feature is a large mountain sitting in a moat," said Jeff Moore with NASA's Ames Research Center, in Moffett Field, California. "This is a feature that has geologists stunned and stumped."
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AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Registration is open
AIPG
Register for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Early Bird registration ends Aug. 1. Save $100. Click here for meeting details. The presentation schedule is now online.
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Election results for 2016 AIPG National Executive Committee Officers
AIPG
President-Elect: Adam W. Heft, CPG, Michigan
Vice President: David G. Pyles, CPG, Illinois
Secretary: Keri A. Nutter, CPG, Alaska
Editor: Jean M. Neubeck, CPG, New York

The incumbent officers are:
President: Helen V. Hickman, CPG, Florida
Past President: J. Foster Sawyer, CPG, South Dakota
Treasurer: R. Douglas Bartlett, CPG, Arizona

Advisory Board Representatives for 2016 will be elected at the AIPG Annual Meeting on Sept. 18, in Anchorage, Alaska.

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New AIPG student chapter — University of Kentucky
AIPG
University of Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky; Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Freeman; Chapter Sponsor from Section: Bill Brab, CPG; Founded July 2015; Student Chapter Officers: President — Thomas Murrell, SA-6729; Vice President — Matthew Cecil, SA-6728; Secretary — Alicia Solomon, SA-6003; Treasurer — Darion Carden, SA-6827.

For a complete list of student chapters, follow the "Read More" link.

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8th Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe: Sept. 28-30 in London
Energy Institute
This year's conference marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the North Sea's first commercial discovery, the West Sole Gas field, which was found by BP in 1965. The program, as is traditional for this conference series, is a very strong one and unashamedly technical. It has been put together by petroleum geoscientists for petroleum geoscientists on behalf of the three professional societies. Book now and save with the Early Bird rate. Prices frozen at 2009 rates. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For details please visit the website or contact Laura Griffiths: +44 (0) 20 7434 9944 or laura.griffiths@geolsoc.org.uk.
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2015 Northern Colorado Energy Summit offers strategies for growing in a downturn
BizWest
Come hear the leading voices in the region's energy industry gather on July 23, for BizWest's 2015 Northern Colorado Energy Summit. Focusing on The Economic Impact of Declining Energy Prices, this cutting edge symposium will be held at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado from 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
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Professional geologist licensure preparation course: Review and Skills for Fundamentals Exam, Part 1
FAPG
The Florida Association of Professional Geologists, in cooperation with the Kentucky Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, presents a professional geologist licensure preparation course. The course is schedules for 8 a.m., Aug. 22, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Check-in is at 7:45 a.m.
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The Michigan Section AIPG 2015 summer field trip to Drummond Island
AIPG
The Michigan Section AIPG is offering a field trip to Drummond Island and the surrounding area July 31 through Aug. 2. Here is the trip itinerary. Please complete the RSVP form with the relevant information and return that no later than July 17 so that the trip details may be finalized.
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Berg appointed new Illinois State Geological Survey director
Prairie Research Institute
Richard C. Berg, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the Illinois State Geological Survey and the 13th Illinois State Geologist. Berg has served as interim director since May 2014 and was previously chief scientist. The Survey is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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New Mexico Tech taps Matthew Rhoades as new state geologist
AIPG
New Mexico Tech announced on June 19 that Matthew Rhoades (AIPG CPG Member) has been selected as the new State Geologist and Director of the Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. Rhoades has been the principal geologist at WorleyParsons in Denver since 2011. He has experience in ground water, surface water, soil, soil gas, solid waste leachate, mine waste and mine tailings projects. In addition to projects in several states, Rhoades has worked on a variety of projects in foreign countries, including Ecuador, Colombia, Afghanistan, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
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Oil library for sale
AIPG
Approximately 70 volumes on tectonics, stratigraphy, seismics, well logging, plus AAPG Bulletin V. 2 through V. 88 (1918-2004), Geol. Soc. America Bulletin V. 65 through V. 117 (1954-2005), Geology V. 1 through V. 31 (1973-2003). $4,000. Call 775-291-4076 or or email clifton@gbis.com.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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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


High geothermal heat under West Antarctica Ice Sheet leaves geologists in surprise
Pulse Headlines
Scientists have made a surprising discovery underneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the form of geothermal heat. This heat source underneath the ice sheet is an additional concern for scientists on top of global warming, which is contributing to the melting of ice sheets and the rise in sea level worldwide.
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Ancient underwater volcanoes discovered near the Australian coast
Tech times
Australian scientists have discovered a grouping of ancient underwater volcanoes off of the coast of Sydney. According to Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), the extinct volcanoes (i.e., volcanoes that have remained inactive for 10,000 years or more) are calderas, which are created in a terrestrial implosion post-eruption. Four in total, the craters are estimated to be roughly 50 million years old.
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Iceberg calving boosts methane emissions
Glacier Hub
The substantial increase in methane concentrations in tropical wetlands can be attributed to the last Glacial Period, when icebergs calving off North America introduced massive influxes of fresh water into the North Atlantic, new research shows. Calving of glaciers in the North American ice sheet, also known as Heinrich events, released large icebergs into the North Atlantic Ocean. The authors of this new study found that Heinrich events in the Hudson Strait may have enhanced rainfall in the Southern Hemisphere, which in turn led to increased methane production in tropical wetlands when the wetlands flooded.
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Travel back in time to the most extreme desert and monsoons ever
New Scientist
If you're looking for extreme vistas and even more extreme weather you can't go far wrong with Pangaea. Earth's most recent supercontinent came together about 300 million years ago and started to break apart 125 million years later. To experience it at its most extreme, set your time machine for about 250 million years ago.
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Mammoth Cave secrets still being uncovered
The Courier-Journal
A geologist who oversees scientific research at Mammoth Cave, Rick Toomey and two other surveyors rested briefly before dropping to their bellies to crawl hundreds of yards through a narrow passage, their packs and helmets scraping under a rock ceiling barely two feet high. After three hours in the 54-degree subterranean darkness, the dirt-caked cavers were still working toward a remote section where the known map petered out. Their goal: To survey and map snaking limestone passages in support of conservation and scientific research.
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Geologic study shows newly discovered dormant faults near Alaska dam site
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska state geologists studying a 450-square-mile swath of the Talkeetna Mountains last year turned up previously undiscovered faults near the proposed Susitna River dam. But none of the faults appear to have been recently active, the scientists say, indicating a relatively low risk that they would generate major earthquake activity.
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Feds issue permit for oil and gas exploration by air
WUNC-FM
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a permit allowing a geophysical imaging company to search from the air for oil and gas deposits over the ocean. The search will be along the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
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