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An extinction in the blink of an eye
MIT News
The largest mass extinction in the history of animal life occurred some 252 million years ago, wiping out more than 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of life on land. Multiple theories have aimed to explain the cause of what's now known as the end-Permian extinction. But pinpointing the cause of the extinction requires better measurements of how long the extinction period lasted. Now researchers at MIT have determined that the end-Permian extinction occurred over 60,000 years, give or take 48,000 years — practically instantaneous, from a geologic perspective.
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Sochi mountain range has caused some of the deadliest avalanches in recent history
WNEW-FM
Sochi, the host city of the winter games, is located between the Black Sea and the Caucuses Mountains, home to some of the highest peaks in the world. They make a beautiful backdrop in Russia's largest resort city, but the mountains carry danger in the form of avalanches. Since the beginning of this century, some of the deadliest avalanches in history have happened in these mountains.
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Researchers discover petrified animals from 120 million years ago
Tottenham News
An international team of geologists and paleontologists discovered a species of animal cemetery that includes well-preserved fossils of dinosaurs, fish and reptiles, says a report released in the journal Nature Communications. The creatures died about 120 million years buried in the ashes of a volcano, highlights the research led by experts from the Museum of Natural History in New York and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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Contemporary Geoscientists of China
AIPG
George Tsang is writing a book with the topic of "Contemporary Geoscientists of China." It tells the stories of the academicians, or members, of Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering in the field of geosciences in China, the highest honorary title for the scientists in China — the equivalence of "fellow" in the U.S. The stories are the summary of the Chinese scholars who gave up their leisure life abroad and devoted their life to their mother country. They suffered from miserable treatments in the Cultural Revolution.

The first article, the story of Profession JIN Xiang-long, who is regarded as the "Father of Submarine Geosciences in China," is available here.

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AIPG 2014 membership dues — Past due
AIPG
Membership Dues were due Jan. 1.
Members that have not paid as of Feb. 15 will be suspended.
An additional $20 (late fee) is required for payments received after Feb. 15.


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 2014. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone at 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220. Call 303-412-6205 if you have any questions. 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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AGI accepting applications for the position of Director of Education and Outreach
AIPG
AGI is seeking an experienced individual to serve as its Director of Education and Outreach and lead for AGI's Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 17 and will continue until the position is filled.
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Call for abstracts — Ohio Shale Conference
AIPG
Join AIPG and the Ohio Section of AIPG for this conference. It is structured to allow consideration and ample discussion of the most crucial aspects of the hydrofracturing process as it pertains to gas production in shale and other tight formations. Abstract are due Feb. 17. Registration is available online or via printable form. Exhibitors and Sponsors are welcome!
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Mark your calendar
AIPG
AIPG will have a booth at the following meetings this year. If you are attending any of these meetings please stop by and say hello or if you would like to volunteer to help staff the booth please contact the office at 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org.
  • Feb. 23-26 — SME, Salt Lake City
  • March 23-25 — GSA, Lancaster, Pa.
  • April 9-11 — GSA, Blacksburg, Va.
  • April 24-25 — GSA, Lincoln, Neb.
  • May 19-21 — GSA, Bozeman, Mont.

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AIPG Colorado Section Legislative Reception
AIPG
The reception, 5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 27, will help educate our legislators on fracking, coal and the mineral/energy industry in Colorado.
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AIPG/AGWT 3rd Oil & Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
AIPG
This conference, March 11-12 in Houston, will showcase water use and treatment technologies and water re-use opportunities related to oil and gas development and operations. Technical information-exchange conference for professionals involved with water issues, energy development and hydraulic fracture technology. Register online today.
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Call for abstracts — AIPG 5th Annual Symposium
AIPG
Peter MacKenzie, Vice President of Operations, Ohio Oil and Gas, will be the keynote speaker for this event, scheduled for April 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio. Exhibitor, sponsor and advertisement opportunities are also available.
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5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology
AIPG
AIPG Georgia Section's 5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology will be held April 23-24 at Kennesaw State University. Individual registrations, Exhibitor registrations and Sponsor registrations are open online.
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Volunteers Needed for AIPG Booth at SME
AIPG
AIPG will be exhibiting at the 2014 SME Annual Meeting in February. AIPG Headquarters is looking for volunteers to help staff our display booth in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center. We are asking volunteers to sign up to work in two-hour shifts.

Exhibit days are as follows:
  • Sunday, Feb. 23: 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: 8 a.m.-noon
AIPG will have VIP passes available for our volunteers for exhibit hall use only. Scheduling will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you decide to volunteer, please respond to vlh@aipg.org with your preference of day and time.

This provides us with an excellent opportunity for public outreach. This is a great chance to build our membership and talk about the benefits of AIPG. Thank You for your assistance and support! Our volunteers help AIPG to accomplish goals that we could not reach without them. Contact Vickie Hill, AIPG Membership Services Manager, vlh@aipg.org or 303-412-6205.

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AIPG Student scholarship deadline: Feb. 15
AIPG
Applicants must submit: a letter of interest with name, mail and email addresses, and telephone number; proof of enrollment in an eligible geological sciences program, transcripts; an original one-page essay on why the applicant wants to become a geologist; and a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work.
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Fast-flowing glacier reaches record speeds
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One of the fastest-flowing glaciers in the world reached record speeds in 2012, according to new research based on satellite imagery. The finding highlights the warming ocean and air temperatures in Greenland, where the glacier is located, during the past decade.

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NASA robots study impact sites and volcanoes
Product Design & Development
A team of researchers seeks to study what volcanoes and impact sites on Earth can tell us about the early evolution of the solar system and unique characteristics and features of our moon, the moons of Mars and asteroids. The Ames project was selected to join a new NASA virtual institute that will focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration.

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Old rocks open new debate on life's origins
The Australian
Australian researchers could cost their country its claim to the world's oldest fossils, after finding life on Earth may have developed a billion years earlier than is generally accepted. Fossilized bacteria in the Pilbara, dated as about 3.5 billion years old, are considered the earliest evidence of life on the planet. But an Australian-led team studying what are thought to be the world's oldest rocks, on Canada's Hudson Bay coast, believes the ingredients for life were present 900 million years earlier.

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US geologists: 6.5 magnitude Pacific quake off Vanuatu
Times of Oman
A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Friday, but U.S. geologists said it was too deep to cause a tsunami. The quake hit 16 miles east of the beach town of Port-Olry at 8:40 pm, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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NASA study points to infrared-herring in apparent Amazon green-up
Electronic Component News
For the past eight years, scientists have been working to make sense of why some satellite data seemed to show the Amazon rain forest "greening-up" during the region's dry season each year from June to October. The green-up indicated productive, thriving vegetation in spite of limited rainfall. Now, a new NASA study shows that the appearance of canopy greening is not caused by a biophysical change in Amazon forests afterall.
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Starting from St. Petersburg, Florida, exlporer's Nautilus will map Pacific
The St. Petersburg Tribune
The man who discovered the wrecks of the RMS Titanic and the battleship Bismarck, Bob Ballard six years ago tired of the red-tape needed to get grants to fund oceanographic research. He wanted to go back to pure exploration, expeditions to places never seen by man just to see what he can find. He founded the Ocean Exploration Trust to raise money for his venture and got a major boost when Florida Panthers hockey team owner Vincent Viola donated the 211-foot research ship, Nautilus.
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The biomass of ocean mesopelagic fish is 10 times higher than estimated
Basque Research
The total stock of fish on the planet had been reckoned until today to be around 2,000 million tons. About half of them were thought to be mesopelagic fish — ones found at depths of between 200 and 1,000 meters in ocean areas. However, an international team has discovered that its abundance could be at least 10 times higher than the original estimate.
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Dozens of anomalies found at dunes
Herald Argus
A ground-penetrating radar survey found dozens of anomalies in a large sand dune along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Indiana where an Illinois boy was buried under 11 feet of sand last summer, but scientists still aren't sure what caused the dune to swallow the youngster. National Parks Service geologists are reviewing the report, which shows Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore contains 66 anomalous spots where there's something other than pure sand beneath the dune, lakeshore spokesman Bruce Rowe said.
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