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Shaking from Napa earthquake was highest ever recorded in area
Los Angeles Times
The ground-shaking during the magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake was the highest level recorded in modern times for downtown Napa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The ground motion recorded in downtown Napa came very close to the maximum level of ground shaking engineers use in their calculations when designing new buildings in that area, said Erol Kalkan, a USGS research structural engineer.
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Jupiter's moon Europa just got even cooler
TIME
The more they look at other worlds in the Solar System, the more scientists discover that Earth isn’t as special as we earthlings like to think. Our planet has active volcanoes — but so does Jupiter’s moon Io. We have geysers — and so does Saturn’s moon Enceladus. We have lakes, rivers and rain, and so does Titan, another moon of Saturn’s.
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Meteorite makes big crater in Nicaragua
CNN
A meteorite crashed down in Managua, Nicaragua, causing a loud explosion and leaving a crater 39 feet across, government officials said, according to The Associated Press. No damage or injuries were reported. AP quoted government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo as saying they've determined it was a "relatively small" meteorite that "appears to have come off an asteroid that was passing close to Earth."
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AIPG Quarterly Journal
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The Professional Geologist July/August/September issue is now available online. All past issues are also available online.
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2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
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The 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference starts this weekend. 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. Walk-ins welcome. Contact hours will be available for attending technical sessions and technical field trips. Rooms are sold out at PRCC. Our overflow hotel is the Hampton Inn, 3453 Ranch Drive, in Prescott, Arizona. The contact number is 926-443-5500.
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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 Student Scholarship winners announced
AIPG
The AIPG Executive Committee is pleased to announce the awardees for the 2014 Student Scholarships. AIPG has awarded eleven scholarships this year. The recipients are Dana Walters, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; Kara Mjolhus, West Texas A&M, Canyon, Texas; Zakia Kiminta, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Firdaus Ridzuan, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Colin Sturrock, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Nicolas Spano, University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota; Ryan Phillip, West Georgia University; Carrollton, Georgia; Alexandra Price, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado; Ashley Pales, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; Jessica Badgeley, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Carly Siko, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, Michigan. Click here to read the student essays.
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AIPG new applicants and members (April-August 2014)
AIPG
Here is a listing of AIPG new applicants and members during the period from April 1 to Aug. 7.
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2014 AGU Fall Meeting
American Geophysical Union
The AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 15-19, in San Francisco, 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.

AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.

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Recipients of the 2014 AIPG Section Leadership Award
AIPG
Awards will be presented at the AIPG Business Luncheon on Sept. 13, in Prescott, Arizona, to: Dave A. Sadoff, CPG-9933, California Section; Douglas C. Peters, CPG-8274, Colorado Section; Glen L. Faulkner, CPG-635, Georgia Section; Martin J. Hamper, CPG-10250, Illinois/Indiana Section; Adam W. Heft, CPG-10265, Michigan Section; Gary H. Haag, CPG-7667, South Dakota Section; and Andrew B. Graham, CPG-9035, Wisconsin Section.
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Recipient of the 2014 AIPG Student Chapter Award
AIPG
Awarded August 2014 — Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, Founded 2011, Chapter Sponsor: Ronald J. Wallace, CPG-8153; Faculty Sponsor: Bill Frazier; Student Chapter Officers: Salvador Espinosa, SA-3138; Ridge Smenner, SA-5592; Jeannie Patrick, SA-3772; and Rylleigh Harstad, SA-5593.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event 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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Unitization: The oil and gas industry's solution to one of geology's many conundrums
The National Law Review
Geology, and nature in general, are never perfect. Given the migratory nature of oil and gas, a hydrocarbon reservoir will often straddle two or more license or contract areas. One of the primary objectives of host governments and international oil companies is to maximize the economic recovery of petroleum from the "common" hydrocarbon reservoir. Unitisation is an approach, which the oil and gas industry has developed to ensure that this is achieved.

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Natural methane seepage on US Atlantic Ocean margin widespread
USGS and Mississippi State University
Natural methane leakage from the seafloor is far more widespread on the U.S. Atlantic margin than previously thought, according to a study by researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other institutions. Methane plumes identified in the water column between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Georges Bank, Massachusetts, are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope.

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19,000 years ago, Arctic sea ice influenced force of the Gulf Stream
Science 2.0
Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the sea ice conditions in the Fram Strait for this critical period at the end of the last glacial and thus in finding a direct connection between changes in sea ice cover and fluctuations in the Gulf Stream. A 9-meter-long sediment core served as a window into the past for the geologists.

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Revisiting the moon
The New York Times
As the moon wheels around Earth every 28 days and shows us a progressively greater and then stingier slice of its sun-lightened face, the distance between moon and Earth changes, too. At the nearest point along its egg-shaped orbit, its perigee, the moon may be 26,000 miles closer to us than it is at its far point.
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Limited water presents challenge for natural gas fracking
Los Angeles Times
Extracting natural gas for energy from shale rock deep underground requires lots of water, but much of the world's shale gas is in regions where water is already scarce, including part of California, according to a study. The amount of recoverable natural gas from shale formations would increase global reserves by nearly half, the report from the World Resources Institute found.
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Geology expert breaks down 'unusual' Kilauea lava flow
KHON-TV
Kilauea spews out lava in all directions. But instead of traveling down the slope and into the ocean like in the past, lava is now moving to the east toward communities. Dr. Michael Garcia is a geology professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has been studying Kilauea for more than two decades. “It seems to be relentless. That is, the eruption continues on and on,” Garcia said. Scientists say this eruption started on Jan. 3, 1983, and the surface lava flow has been on and off ever since.
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Happy birthday plate tectonics
Scientific American
Sept. 7, marks the anniversary of the publication of an important paper, "Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges" describes the discovery of parallel stripes of magnetized igneous rocks along the ocean floor. These stripes are formed when lava pours out along the mid-ocean ridges, cools and solidifies and pushes aside older oceanic and continental crust. This observation finally provided geologists with a mechanism that could move continents, vindicating Wegener's early Continental-Drift Hypothesis and upgrading it to the Plate-Tectonics Theory.
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Collbran landslide remains a danger, say experts who led tour of area
The Denver Post
Up close, the grayish, topsy-turvy surface of Colorado's largest recorded rock avalanche yields small surprises that hint at the land as it was before: snail shells, Douglas fir cones, charcoaled wood, nubs of aspen shoots and intermittent clods of rich, brown topsoil. They're all tucked into 50 million tons of rock and debris that rumbled and raced down this draw on the Grand Mesa on May 25.
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US now world's leading natural gas producer
The Desert Sun
According to the BP 2014 statistical world energy review, the U.S. has achieved world-leading natural gas production, by reaching a new all-time high of 328 billion cubic feet per day. World usage of natural gas is about 24 percent of all primary energy consumed, behind oil's 33 percent and coal's 30 percent. Over the past five years, U.S. natural gas production has grown over 20 percent.
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