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USGS questions study's alarming Los Angeles earthquake prediction
UPI
A scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey is questioning the soundness of an alarming study authored by a NASA scientist. The study — published last month in the American Geophysical Union's Earth and Space Science journal — claims there's a 99.9 percent chance a massive earthquake hits Los Angeles within the next three years.
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Geologists at UCLA discover sample of carbon that could be earliest trace of life ever found
New Hampshire Voice
A team of geologists at UCLA revealed in a paper published online on Oct. 20 that they have discovered a carbon sample that may be the earliest trace of life ever found. According to the prevailing theory, life started about 3.8 billion years ago, but the potentially "biogenic" carbon was 4.1 billion years old. The carbon has been described as biogenic carbon because the carbon discovered by them was a particular isotope generally linked to living things.
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New 'geospeedometer' confirms super-eruptions have short fuses
Phys.org
Repeatedly throughout Earth's history, giant pools of magma greater than 100 cubic miles in volume have formed a few miles below the surface. They are the sources of super-eruptions — gigantic volcanic outbursts that throw 100 times more superheated gas, ash and rock into the atmosphere than run-of-the-mill eruptions, enough to blanket continents and plunge the globe into decades-long volcanic winters. Despite considerable study, geologists are still debating how quickly these magma pools can be activated and erupted, with estimates ranging from millions to hundreds of years.
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AIPG members — 2016 membership dues
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The 2016 membership dues are available to pay online. Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2016. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. 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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AIPG New England Aquifers: Elusive and Complex Conference — Earn 4 Contact Hours or .4 CEU's; Earn 2 LSP Technical Credits
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This is a half-day workshop was developed to provide water utility personnel, engineers, hydrogeologists, regulatory officials and other interested persons in understanding about the sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers their wells are located in and how and why well performance declines over time along with options that are available to rehabilitate your well. The workshop begins with an introduction of the geology and aquifers of New England. From plate tectonics to glacial geology along the effects of weathering that have created the majority of high-yield aquifers located throughout New England. A quick trip through well types, water well terminology, groundwater flow into well screens and a discussion of specific capacity as it applies to sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers. Specific capacity is easy to calculate and use as a measure of the performance of your well, but something that is often overlooked. Moving forward, there is a segment on declining well performance including a discussion of the chemical, physical, and microbiological factors that are the cause for drop in performance in wells. Improving the performance of your well will be discussed by examining physical and chemical methods to rehabilitate your well and improve specific capacity. Understanding the permitting considerations along with the costs of well rehabilitation services will be discussed. The final segment of the workshop will be case studies on well rehabilitation. This will tie together all of the other segments of the workshop.
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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist (TPG)
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The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2015 — new digital version or pdf — includes AIPG Annual Meeting Photos; AGI/AIPG Summer Interns become "Policy Wonks"; Low-Energy Alternatives for Removing Contaminant; Plumes in Groundwater; General Stratigraphy of the Usibelli Coal Mine, Healy, Alaska; The Central Alaska-Nenana Coal Province; Connections and Networking in Unusual Places: Awareness of Sewer Air and Vapor intrusion; A Unique Metal with a History in Colorado; plus much more! All back issues of TPG are available online.
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Requesting articles for Student theme issue of The Professional Geologist (TPG) — Jan/Feb/Mar 2016
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We would like your help in submitting articles that will assist our student members in knowing what to be prepared for. Students are also encouraged to submit articles. This information will be placed in the upcoming January/February/March 2016 Student Issue of TPG. Your submittal can be a couple of paragraphs, a letter, an opinion piece, an article on what you are currently working on, student chapter information, a geologic field trip or field camp (include photos), etc. The deadline for submitting an article is Nov. 1. Articles are always welcome so if you cannot make the deadline please send it in when you can. Send your articles to aipg@aipg.org.

Order Extra Copies of the Student Issue of TPG
Individuals and Sections encouraged to purchase extra copies of the Student issue to provide to Universities and Colleges with Geology Departments. This is a good way to generate interest in a student chapter. The cost of the Student Issue is being discounted from $5 to $3 for quantities of 10 or more plus shipping and handling. Orders with payment need to be received by AIPG Headquarters no later than Dec. 1.

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AIPG executive director position announcement
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The American Institute of Professional Geologists is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The position is to be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is vetted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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Advertise to more than 15,000
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Showcase your company! Sign up for a one year business card size ad in AIPG's The Professional Geologist (TPG) publication (four quarterly issues). The TPG Professional Services Directory lists companies with experience and expertise in all phases of geology and is distributed to more than 15,000 in the geosciences around the globe. TPG is printed, placed online and emailed. The journal is made available at all the conferences that AIPG hosts and attends. For only $400 (AIPG members) and $500 (nonmembers) it is a great deal!
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Satellite images reveal a massive 60 million-ton avalanche in Canada
Gizmodo
On Oct. 12, around 45 megatons of ice and rock plunged down the southeast flank of Mount Steele in Canada's Yukon Territory. The avalanche, which occurred in a remote and unpopulated area, was so large that it was initially detected by earthquake seismometers.
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New study shows methane from fracking sites can flow to abandoned wells
Phys.org
As debate roils over EPA regulations proposed this month limiting the release of the potent greenhouse gas methane during fracking operations, a new University of Vermont study funded by the National Science Foundation shows that abandoned oil and gas wells near fracking sites can be conduits for methane escape not currently being measured.
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California's next worry: Mudslides from El Niño rains
San Francisco Chronicle
Rainstorms forecast to rage during this winter's "Godzilla" El Niño could release damaging mudslides on drought-dried and fire-scarred landscapes in the Bay Area and through much of California, geologists and meteorologists warn. Swaths of land near homes and roadways where fires rolled through this summer are particularly vulnerable, but the hills and mountains of the Bay Area, including the Oakland hills and much of Marin County, are also in danger if projected rains materialize, according to the California Geological Survey.
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The most destructive wave in earth's known history
City Lab
Rising from the Atlantic ocean, hundreds of miles off the coast of West Africa, there's a volcano with a 73,000-year-old scar swiped across its face. This is the mark of an ancient catastrophe, etched into the rock when a huge chunk of the volcano's eastern flank rushed all at once into the sea. That particular flank collapse displaced enough water to generate a powerful tsunami — one that, new evidence shows, might have been much, much bigger than geologists previously believed.
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OSIRIS-REx enters environmental testing ahead of launch next year
NASA SpaceFlight
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly operations at its Lockheed Martin construction site in Denver. OSIRIS-REx, slated to become the first asteroid sample return mission for the U.S. space agency, is scheduled to launch in September 2016 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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See 70,000 cubic feet of Swiss Alps rock plummet 1,000 feet into a valley
BGR
Take a look at a video recorded by a geologist in Switzerland who captured the exact moment when 70,000 cubic feet of solid rock broke loose from a mountain, plummeting some 1,000 feet into a valley. The event took place in the Swiss Alps and the massive fall generated an avalanche on Mel de la Niva, a 9,040-foot mountain near Evolene. The noise from the rock fall echoed around the valley as the mountain fell.
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Prehistoric mammal likely suffered from hair disease
Science 2.0
An international team of researchers, together with participation from the University of Bonn, has investigated a stunning fossil finding from the Cretaceous period. The 125-million-year-old mouse- to rat-sized mammal is preserved so well that even detailed analyses of its fur are possible. An astounding finding: The animal may have suffered from a fungal infection of the hair that also strikes mammals nowadays. The scientists are publishing their results in the journal Nature.
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