AEG Insider
Jul. 3, 2013

A message from AEG President Matt Morris
Becky Roland, AEG's COO, and I recently attended the 2013 GeoCoalition Meeting in Dallas. The GeoCoalition is a group of member organizations whose members characterize, design, and construct the geo-world (visit for a list of members). The leadership of the member organizations meet annually to identify opportunities for our members to endorse common positions, discuss organizational trends, and share knowledge from a wide geo-perspective. I have attended several of these meetings as a representative of AEG and can honestly say that I have a much better perspective of how our profession is viewed and valued by our affiliated organizations and industries. I am happy to report that the practice of Environmental and Engineering Geology is held in the highest regard by our colleagues and that AEG is the acknowledged leader in applied geology. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the practitioners, educators, and future geologists for your efforts to continually elevate the profession.More

AEG 2013 Annual Meeting schedule of events posted
The AEG Annual Meeting schedule of events is available online. Use the schedule to help you make your travel and conference plans. Please note a change to the schedule: Field Trip #4 has moved to Saturday, Sept. 14. The field trips, short courses, special events, and technical sessions you've been waiting for are just around the corner. Register early, by Aug. 1, and save $50! Full members save $100 on their registration.More

Benefits of attending Section Meetings
Section meetings are the most tangible, relevant, and impactful of the benefits of AEG membership. On a cerebral level, a section meeting can act as a vehicle for continuing education on a familiar topic or a chance to learn something new. On a professional level, a section meeting can be your connection with others working in your field, a time to socialize and develop a network of colleagues, and it can be where you meet your next employer. I know many members, myself included, who have found employment (some have found more than one job) through their connection with AEG and attendance at section meetings. For those passionate about their profession, a section meeting can invigorate and motivate a person on many levels. I would encourage all geo-professionals and students to attend AEG section meetings for the immediate benefits they provide!More

"Members-Only" section of licensure resource page is now available
Since the Licensure Committee was first assembled in 2009, one of its goals has been to develop a complete licensure resource page on the AEG website for use by AEG members. The Licensure Committee is pleased to announce that the Licensure Resource page is essentially complete.More

Support the Lemke Fund
The Lemke Fund supports the scholarly and professional development of student members of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists by awarding grants intended to offset part of the cost of attending and participating in scientific and technical conferences and association meetings. These grants are named "Lemke Scholarships" and may be awarded to students at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Awards will be made by the AEG Foundation to deserving student members who are sole author or first author of a paper or poster that they personally present at the meeting or conference. To make a difference for the Lemke Fund, please visit the AEG Foundation website.More

Know an Outstanding Student to be featured in the AEG Insider?
Professionals — do you know a super-star student you'd like to recognize? Great! Send a quick email to Serin Bussell to let her know you've got someone in mind.More

World's clearest lake yields stunning photos
It's not every day that you get to take underwater photos in the clearest lake on Earth, in which nobody has before been allowed to dive. But that's just the chance that photographer Klaus Thymann got in February on a trip to Blue Lake on New Zealand's South Island.More

Why such hysteria over fracking?
Los Angeles Times
Is hydraulic fracturing — used for more than 60 years to produce oil and natural gas — safe? The "safe fracking" question has been asked and answered many times over by government regulators, scientists and other technical experts, and they have concluded that hydraulic fracturing is a fundamentally safe technology. More

Gettysburg: How geology impacted the Civil War
Pennsylvania Geology
More than 200 million years ago, rising magma intruding along bedding planes and joints formed dikes and sills of diabase underground. The diabase structures were gradually exposed by erosion of the less resistant surrounding sedimentary rock to form some of the most iconic terrain features in American history.More

Historical rock falls in Yosemite National Park, California

USGS and the National Park Service
The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of the Interior, along with the National Park Service, have prepared a report offering a brief summary of previous and current work on documenting rock falls in Yosemite National Park. It then describes each of the organizational categories in the inventory database, including event location, type of slope movement, date, volume, relative size, probable trigger, impact to humans, narrative description, references, and environmental conditions.More

Exam results are out and course registrations are in full swing: Summer 2013 Review Courses for the ASBOG® Geology Licensing Exam
The Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists is pleased to announce the Summer 2013 series of review courses for the ASBOG® geology licensing exam taught by REG REVIEW Inc. AEG and REG REVIEW Inc. have partnered to provide these courses since 1992. In the summer of 2013, nine one-day review courses for the ASBOG® licensing exam will be offered regionally throughout the U.S. These nine courses will be spread out into the following regions, the West Coast including a course in both Northern and Southern California (the CA courses are now presented in 2 sections — 1 day for the ASBOG® and part of a day for the CA Supplemental), the East Coast, the Central U.S. Region. Specific locations are listed on the following page.More

New GeoResJ is Elsevier's first open-access journal in earth science
Elsevier Connect
A new quarterly journal, which will publish its first issue in early 2014, is accepting submissions. In the next few months, GeoResJ will focus on drawing submissions. The earth and planetary science community will have the chance to learn more about the journal at the journal’s official launch at the American Geosciences Union conference Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco. Details on how to submit to the journal can be found at

The community college to university pathway: Geoscience majors in the Texas public university system
AGI Geoscience Currents #73
Community colleges are a key part of many four-year university students' post-secondary education pathways. According to AGI's 2011 Status of the Geoscience Workforce report, within the science and engineering disciplines, 67 percent of Bachelor's degree recipients, 58 percent of Master's degree recipients and 44 percent of Doctorates attended community college. Furthermore, within the geosciences, 52 percent of Bachelor's degree recipients, 40 percent of Master's degree recipients, and 21 percent of Doctorates attended community colleges.More

New high-resolution images of Kedarnath: Cause of the debris flow disaster is now clear
American Geophysical Union
The Indian National Remote Sensing Centre has released a new set of images of the Kedarnath area, collected using the RISAT-1 instrument. These are very high-quality images that allow a proper analysis of the events that caused the disaster. More

Journal article evaluates methane sources in groundwater in Pennsylvania
National Ground Water Association
The findings of a new study in the journal Groundwater®​ suggest that methane concentrations in Susquehanna County water wells in Pennsylvania can be explained without the migration of Marcellus shale gas due to hydraulic fracturing.More

EPA withdraws Pavillion, Wyo., water contamination study
The state of Wyoming announced June 20 that it will further investigate drinking-water quality in areas east of Pavillion, Wyo. With this announcement the Environmental Protection Agency ended its study and withdrew its draft report.More

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Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford