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A simple mineral has geochemical power that helps spark life
KQED
A research team in Arizona has found that common zinc ore may have a key role as a catalyst in the complex chain that must have led to the start of life on Earth. Their new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that the widespread mineral sphalerite acts as an unexpected catalyst with organic matter, adding a new power tool to the workshop that gave rise to life.
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Chilean earthquake triggered icequakes in Antarctica
ABC
Chile's deadly 2010 earthquake triggered icequakes thousands of kilometers away in Antarctica, according to a new study. The findings are the first documented evidence of ice sheets being ruptured by a large distant quake. Large earthquakes are known to trigger distant seismic activity in the Earth's crust. These new findings highlight a previously little understood interaction between the solid Earth and the frozen liquid portion of the crust, say the researchers.
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NASA's Curisosity rover nears Mars' 3-mile-high mountain
NBC News
It's been two years since NASA's Curiosity rover made its nail-biting touchdown on Mars, and the six-wheeled, SUV-sized robot has found the hoped-for evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable for life as we know it. Now, Curiosity is approaching the 3-mile-high mountain — known as Aeolis Mons or Mount Sharp. The mountain's layers of rock appear to record billions of years' worth of the planet's geological history and could reveal the presence of organic carbons.
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AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now available to pay online
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Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1, 2015 in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to log in to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205. Click on "Member Login" to pay dues, make a donation and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory or make changes to your record.
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The University of Kentucky is now accepting applications for the Director of the Kentucky Geological Survey and the 13th State Geologist of Kentucky.
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For more information about the position and KGS, please click the "Read More" link. This webpage contains a link to the UK employment application for the position.
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GSA has an opening for the position of Executive Director
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If you would like to apply for this position, please provide the following documents: resume, the names, addresses and email addresses of three references, and a letter describing your interest in the position. The individual may send their information as attachments to hr@geosociety.org.
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Texas Board of Geoscientists — 2014 Agency Review of Existing Rules
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Texas Government Code — Administrative Procedure Act, Section 2001.039

TBPG is conducting its four-year rule review. Please see the Rules Review page for more information on TBPG's rule review, how it is being conducted, and how you may participate.

Update: In conjunction with the rule review, proposed revisions to TBPG rules have been published in the July 4 issue of the Texas Register and are also available here: Chapter 850 and Chapter 851.

Upcoming TBPG Meetings
  • Application Review/Continuing Education Committee — Aug. 22
  • Compliance/Enforcement Committee — Aug. 22
  • General Issues Committee — Aug. 22
  • Board Meeting — Sept. 19

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AIPG Conference on Social Licensing: Achieving Public Support — Nov. 10 in Denver
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The term "Social License to Operate" (SLO) was originally adopted for use by the Canadian mining industry in the late 1990s, and referred to the concept that social permission was needed for a mining company to conduct its operations, for example from local communities or indigenous people. Since then, the premise of the SLO has been extended to other geological challenges faced by society, such as fracking for oil and gas development, radioactive waste disposal, carbon capture and storage, geologic hazards, and deep-well injection of wastewater.

The lay public is frequently uninformed or misinformed about the complex scientific and technical challenges that accompany these issues. This problem is typically coupled with a general lack of knowledge about subsurface geology. The SLO seeks to alleviate this problem through a variety of public participation strategies to engage with citizens, communities, and stakeholder groups. Through this process, geoscientists can develop an understanding of public knowledge and concerns.

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2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
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The 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference is only five weeks away. Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Arizona Hydrological Society Sept. 13-16 for the 2014 Water and Rocks, the Foundations of Life National Conference in Prescott, Arizona. Registration is open. Contact hours will be available for attending technical sessions and technical field trips.
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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
Nov. 10 AIPG Conference on Social Licensing: Achieving Public Support — Nov. 10 in Denver Register Online
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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Rain of asteroids melted surface of the early Earth
Star Tribune
When you look up at the moon’s pockmarked face, you’re actually staring at Earth’s early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet, too. But erosion and plate tectonics blotted out the evidence. In fact, no rocks anywhere in the world survived to tell the story of the first 500 million years of Earth's 4.5 billion-year existence, a tumultuous period of frequent impacts known darkly as the Hadean. Now, scientists have capitalized on the moon’s long memory to uncover Earth's own past.

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Mysterious lake appears in drought striken region of Tunisia
French Tribune
It was surprising for local residents to come across a lake in a region of Tunisia in North Africa, as it has been badly struck by drought. Locals were not able to understand how a lake could emerge in the area when there was almost no rain.  The total volume of the lake has been estimated by local authorities to be one million square meters over a surface of one hectare. The depth of the lake has been estimated as 10 to 18 meters deep.

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Clay: A new way to fight germs?
Society for Science and the Public
Increasingly, doctors are finding that antibiotic drugs are not killing the infections they were meant to target. But a team of American geologists think a solution may be right under our feet: clay.

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Massive red tide bloom washing off Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast
Reuters
The largest red tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore as expected in the next two weeks, researchers said on Aug. 7. The patchy bloom stretches from the curve of the Panhandle to the central Tampa Bay region. It measures approximately 80 miles long by 50 miles wide.
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Ancient worms may have saved life on Earth 530 million years ago
Gizmodo
About 2.5 billion years ago, microbes began making a poison that would cause one of the largest mass extinctions on Earth. The few organisms that could handle this poison flourished, going on to become our ancestors. The poison: oxygen. It's a wonder that oxygen levels didn't keep rising until Earth became uninhabitable. A new study suggests we have an ancient worm tunneling through the sea floor to thank.
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UW-Madison geologists go miles deep in quest to predict earthquakes
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
To understand earthquakes, scientists have hatched an audacious plan — go straight to the source. That means drilling miles-deep into the earth, directly through faults where two plates of the earth's crust come into contact. Geologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are doing just that, as part of two experiments located at dangerous faults in New Zealand and Japan — faults that could rupture at any moment, causing massive earthquakes.
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Stunned tourists pictured sailing incredibly close to one of Europe's most active volcanoes as it erupts
Daily Mail
This is the spectacular moment a group of tourists came face to face with one of Europe's most active volcanoes in mid-eruption. Stromboli, located just off Sicilian coast in southern Italy — and famed for its volcanic activity — began erupting in early August. The tourists can be seen watching on with awe as fiery lava flows spill into the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by plumes of smoke.
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New meteorological insight into midlevel clouds
Armed With Science
Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar at Cape Canaveral, Florida, were able to characterize midlevel, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds. In altocumulus clouds, at medium altitudes ranging from 6,000 feet to 20,000 feet above mean sea level, water droplets can remain in a supercooled liquid phase at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, the freezing point of water.
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Geologists tap creative reservoir in naming offshore finds
Houston Chronicle
Employees at LLOG Exploration Co. love the movie "Animal House," so when they discovered an oil field more than 18,000 feet below the sea floor in 2012, it made sense to name it after Bluto, the foul-mouthed degenerate played by John Belushi in the 1978 comedy. Nearby, another discovery got similar treatment. Its namesake is Marmalard, the preppy president of Bluto's rival fraternity. And the floating platform that will start producing from the wells next year? It's Delta House, after the home of the movie's misfit frat brothers.
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