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Geologists discover ancient canyon buried in Tibet
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Geologists from Caltech and civil engineers from the China Earthquake Administration have combined forces and discovered an ancient canyon buried in South Tibet. The canyon is buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, north of the Himalayas. Engineers from the China Earthquake Administration collected cores in five locations along the valley floor last year. Jing Liu-Zeng, a graduate student from Caltech, works for the administration, and he brought the data from the cores back to the university.
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Explaining the formation of the extraodinary Alaska Range
Nature World News
The Alaska Range boasts some of the world's most dramatic topography, including the over 20,000-foot Denali mountain (Mount McKinley). Geologists are just beginning to understand how this extraordinary mountain range formed, explaining their findings in a new study.
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Geologists cite hair as 'human provenance tool'
Syracuse University via Phys.org
Scott Samson, professor of Earth sciences and a faculty fellow of the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, is leading a multiyear study of strontium (Sr), a metallic element found in igneous rock, as well as in human hair, teeth and bones. By taking hair samples at specific intervals around the globe, he and FNSSI graduate student Lindsay Blotzer hope to prove that strontium isotopes function as a kind of human provenance tool.
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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.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist (TPG)
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The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, October/November/December 2014 issue is now available online.
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AIPG's GeoCare Benefits
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AIPG's GeoCare Benefits Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange is now accepting applications for health insurance effective on Jan. 1, 2015, without exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

The Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange is a web-based marketplace in which you can choose from the multiple insurance companies’ plan designs, benefit options, and premium rates available in your state.

To view the Exchange, visit www.geocarebenefits.com and click on the Open Enrollment banner. You may also reach the Exchange by phone at 877-739-7845.

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AIPG Directory of Geoscience Products & Services
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AIPG is excited to announce the recent launch of the latest edition of our new online buyer's guide, the Directory of Geoscience Products & Services.

This industry-specific search engine efficiently connects your company with geoscience professionals.

Please be aware that you may be contacted by our publishing partner, MultiView, during the coming weeks in order to verify the information currently displayed in your organization's listing. If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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Request for award nominations
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Nominations for awards, accompanied by a supporting statement should be sent via mail (to AIPG, 12000 Washington Street, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134), fax (303-253-9220) or email by Jan. 15 to the AIPG National Headquarters. National awards include the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, the John T. Galey, Sr. Memorial Public Service Award, Honorary Membership and the Outstanding Achievement Award. (Click on each link to go to the award's description.) Click here for AIPG National Awards Nomination Form in pdf.
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AIPG embroidered beanie cap
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AIPG fleece scarf available
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This fleece scarf provides comfort against the cold breeze. Made of anti-pill polyester, this scarf features a matching whipstitch with an embroidered AIPG logo. Available in black or navy. The price is $11.50, including shipping.


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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Dec. 15-19 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco AGU
Jan. 1, 2015 Deadline for AIPG membership dues Pay Online
Jan. 16, 2015 Call for Abstracts due for the 5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop: Site Characterization AIPG Michigan Section
Feb. 13, 2015 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Tucson, Arizona
March 2015 AIPG/AGWT Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Conference Houston
April 2015 AIPG Hydraulic Fracturing Conference TBD
June 24-25, 2015 2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG Billings, Montana
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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Rocks get super-heated under new mountains
BBC News
Deep underneath newly-forming mountains, the rocks can heat up to over 1,000 degrees Celsius. Geologists have suspected this happens for some time. Now a study of ancient rocks reveals that they really were once heated to these unimaginable temperatures.
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Rhino horse could solve 55-million-year-old mystery
Los Angeles Times
A portly hoofed animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, which likely weighed 45 to 75 pounds, probably occupied a branch of the evolutionary tree right beside a broad group that has since radiated out into the modern rhinoceros, horse and hippopotamus, according to a study published online in the journal Nature Communications.
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A map to the ocean's depths
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Miles beneath the sea is a landscape of seamounts, hills and ridges, much of it unexplored or hidden under layers of muck. A team of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla and other research centers have released a new map that reveals those deep-water structures with twice the level of detail as previous images.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AIPG eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AIPG, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Images and weather data unlock Antarctic secrets
ReportingClimateScience.com
Time-lapse photos and synched weather data help unlock Antarctic secrets. Researchers use remote data-gathering equipment to study long-term meteorological and geological forces at work in Antarctica. Time-lapse photography synched with weather data also helps understand natural forces on the surface of Mars.
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This is the slowest and most destructive process on Earth
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Rocks are not eternal. Even the tallest mountain will eventually dissolve and disintegrate. Geologists call this process "weathering." It sounds harmless enough, but weathering is one of the most destructive forces on the face of the planet.
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Could microbes help miners save millions?
Resource Investing News
At first glance, microbes and mining might not seem like two things that go together. However, genomics research being conducted downstream from Western Copper and Gold's Casino project might prove otherwise — microbes may be capable of saving mining companies millions in remediation costs and environmental protection measures.
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