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Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
A team of scientists led by Ian Eisenman of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, said that much of the increase measured for Southern Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data. Arctic sea ice is retreating at a dramatic rate. In contrast, satellite observations suggest that sea ice cover in the Antarctic is expanding — albeit at a moderate rate — and that sea ice extent has reached record highs in recent years.
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2 more giant holes discovered in Siberia
Geek
An area around the Yamal peninsula in Siberia is beginning to look like swiss cheese as two more massive holes in the Earth have been discovered. Neither of these new discoveries are as large as the 262-foot hole that was spotted a few weeks ago, but they're still big as far as mysterious holes in the Earth go. Scientists are already on the scene of the first hole to investigate its origins, but some questions still need to be answered.
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Geologists explains Mars' former consistency
KDramaStars.com
Researcher Gregory Retallack, along with some experts from the University of Oregon, claims to have unveiled new evidences that Mars may have accommodated microbial life in the past. In the online journal Geology, the scientist explains that several photos were taken by NASA's Curiosity rover while exploring the Red Planet. What sparked Retallack's interest was the soil lying at the bottom of a 3.7-billion-year-old impact crater. The University of Oregon geologist argues that the soil is surprisingly Earth-like as revealed by the Curiosity rover.
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Foundation of the AIPG — Young Professional Pilot Program
AIPG
We are facing a potential scarcity of professional geologists in the near future due to the aging of our workforce. This is a product of the surge from the "babyboom" generation that is approaching retirement. AIPG has often discussed this pending human resource shortage and now wants to take steps to attract and keep youngsters in the profession.

One such step is to create a Young Professional Program. The concept of the YPP is to bring together young geoscience professionals in various regions of the country for social interaction, training and networking among themselves and with companies and organizations that employ geologists. The concept is to provide a program that is fun, easy to get to, of short duration, very economical and beneficial to the young geoscientist and employers alike.

The Foundation of the AIPG plans to financially support a Young Professionals Pilot Program that AIPG will design and operate. This YPPP will most likely be in the Denver area. If the pilot shows promise, it can be refined and operated in other locations in the country. Please support the Foundation, AIPG and society with your financial contribution toward this noble effort. For details on how to contribute, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

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Development Committee Members
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The FAIPG has been in the process of establishing its internal structure and policies, which include the creation of a development arm. The FAIPG seeks a volunteer to become a member of the Foundation and undertake the key role as the Chair of the Development Committee. We are also seeking other volunteers to serve on that committee.

Some have suggested that retired or semi-retired members of AIPG may best be suited for this role, but the FAIPG does not wish to exclude any person with a strong interest. Persons who have been active at the AIPG section level, and/or the national level, may be well suited, especially if such persons have non-profit development experience. However, previous close involvement in AIPG is not a prerequisite. Chairing the development committee will be a challenging, prominent role and very visible to the AIPG community. We ask that you consider filling this important need.

For details, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

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Foundation of the AIPG — Please join us at the AIPG Annual National Meeting in Prescott, Arizona
AIPG
The FAIPG wishes to be visible, especially to members of AIPG. All members of AIPG are welcome to participate in any FAIPG meeting conducted throughout the year. Please be sure to attend the FAIPG meeting while at the AIPG annual meeting this fall (4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14). You will learn of the foundation's mission to support AIPG and have a chance to meet foundation members and help to support the future of AIPG though FAIPG efforts. For details, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.
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Silent Auction — Sept. 15 at AIPG Awards Dinner
AIPG
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists will hold a silent auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner and social function on Monday, Sept. 15, starting at 6 p.m., at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening dinner function, at about 8:30 p.m.

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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2015 AIPG National Executive Officers
AIPG
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
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
AIPG
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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2014 AGU Fall Meeting
AGU
The AGU Fall Meeting is largest gathering of Earth and space sciences in the world. With nearly 24,000 attendees, this meeting is the best place to get valuable feedback about your science, network with both up-and-coming talent and luminaries in your field, and learn about cutting-edge research tools.

Submit an Abstract by Aug. 6.

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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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Scientists begin to demystify giant hole found in Siberian permafrost
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After a flood of speculation — meteorite collision, methane explosion related to gas drilling, UFO — following the discovery of a gaping crater in the permafrost near big gas fields on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia, scientists are starting to offer more informed views.

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Geologists: No clear single cause of Oso mudslide
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The March 22 mudslide that wiped out a neighborhood and killed 43 people was largely triggered by a previous landslide in the same area in 2006. This "remobilization" of the 2006 slide was far more dramatic and devastating than previous slide activity, and as a new report makes clear, there is no clear cause of what made that old slide come back to life, aside from the presence of water in the soil.
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Saharan dust helped build the Bahamas
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When some geologists look at the sandy beaches and coral reefs of the beautiful Bahamas, they don't just see the glorious marine life, colorful corals and a nice place for a dive. Looking deeper they can see how layers and layers of limestone were formed by the coral that inhabit these reefs, laying carbonate-rich structures over the past 100 million years. But these reefs present an enigma. The ocean water surrounding the Bahamas is surprisingly nutrient poor, seemingly lacking a reliable local source of the iron and other minerals needed to keep the ecosystem thriving.
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TGS reports two multiclient geochemical seafloor sampling and seep studies, one offshore Canada and the other in the Barents Sea. Sampling locations for both programs were identified, using recently acquired multiclient seismic data. This geotechnical data will provide valuable constraints into the geology and petroleum systems, and could play a role in enabling customers to participate in the upcoming licensing rounds in both survey areas.
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Some Arctic dinosaurs lived in herds
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A new study reveals that a certain type of duckbilled dinosaur lived in the Arctic year-round. These animals also traveled in herds that included many age groups, they find. The creatures even appear to have gone through a "teenage growth spurt." Just as interesting, however, is how these insights emerged.
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Whales, sharks and dolphins once roamed ancient seas in what is now central Virginia. Just east of Waynesboro in the tiny town of Carmel Church lays a rich deposit of prehistoric marine animal fossils, most about 14 million years old. For the past two decades, paleontologists from the Virginia Museum of Natural History have led close to 50 different excavations at a quarry in the small town, just an hour away from Waynesboro.
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Mining spectrometer for alteration zone mapping released
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Spectral Evolution recently announces a new mining spectrometer for alteration mapping and identification of mineral alteration zones. Designed to quickly and accurately detect mineral zones of alteration, the oreXpress or oreXpress Platinum field spectrometer featuring EZ-ID mineral identification software can provide detailed data by measuring reflectance from outcrops, chips or drill core. The new field spectrometers are assisting geologists better understand the geology and alteration patterns of the area under exploration.
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