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Aug. 14, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting special event: Zelma Basha Gallery
Enjoy a night of socializing with friends and colleagues, authentic western food and a mariachi band at the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24. There are well over 3,000 pieces of art across a number of mediums media displayed throughout the gallery.

More details on this special event plus a full schedule, registration information, hotel accommodations and more can be found here. More

How the Wilshire Grand tower project was born
Los Angeles Times
Rosalind Munro of AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., an AEG member and past chair of the Southern California Section, descends 86 feet in a borehole as part of a Los Angeles Times story about the city's towering new Wilshire Grand Hotel. Once completed, it will be the tallest building west of Chicago.More

2014 Annual Meeting deadline extended
There are so many great presentations at the 2014 AEG Annual Meeting that we want to extend the pre-registration deadline to Aug. 26 so more people can save on registration. Join us Sept. 20-28 in Scottsdale, Arizona!

AEG will have over 100 presentations on the following subjects:

A full schedule of events, registration information and hotel accomodations, plus much more can be found here.

AEG is working on the registration issue for spouses and nonmembers. If you are having any problem with registration, please contact us via email or by phone at 303-518-0618.More

New award recognizes exemplary research made possible by ocean drilling
American Geophysical Union
The American Geophysical Union has announced the establishment of a new award, the Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize, which will be given "in recognition of outstanding transdiciplinary research accomplishment in ocean drilling." The prize is given in honor of Dr. Asahiko Taira of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and it is made possible through a generous donation from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International.

The prize will be given annually, and the presentation venue will alternate between meetings of AGU and the Japan Geoscience Union, with the inaugural prize being presented at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The honorees, who must be within 15 years of earning their Ph.D., will receive $18,000 and the opportunity to present a lecture at the meeting where the award is presented.More

NGWA announces 2014 award winners
National Ground Water Association
The National Ground Water Association congratulates the recipients of its 2014 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Award and Divisional Awards, which will be presented this December during the NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Long-time NGWA member W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CHG, CPG, has received the association's top honor as the recipient of the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Laton is an associate professor of hydrogeology at California State University, Fullerton.

Here are the other 2014 NGWA award recipients.More

Estimating earthquake frequency and patterns in the Puget Lowland
The Geological Society of America
The hazard posed by large earthquakes is difficult to estimate because they often occur hundreds to thousands of years apart. Because written records for the Puget Lowland of northwestern Washington cover less than 170 years, the size and frequency of the largest and oldest earthquakes on the Seattle and Tacoma faults are unknown. Past earthquakes can only be estimated through geologic studies of sediments and landforms that are created when faults break the ground surface.More

Scientists warn time to stop drilling in the dark
Geology Times
The coauthors of a new study, including two Simon Fraser University research associates, cite new reasons why scientists, industry representatives and policymakers must collaborate closely on minimizing damage to the natural world from shale gas development.More

Oso landslide report yields some answers
EARTH Magazine
Early on March 22, the most damaging landslide in U.S. history devastated the community of Oso, Washington. Forty-three people perished, most inside their homes, when a saturated hillside nearby gave way and a massive mudflow swept over their neighborhood. On July 22, a search crew recovered the last of the 43 bodies, exactly four months after the landslide — and coincidentally on the same day that a team of scientists and engineers released an exhaustive report detailing the event and its implications.More

New tools reveal mysteries of an ancient Arctic terrane
The Geological Society of America
The evolution and origin of Earth's Arctic realm and the nature, location and age of its major tectonic boundaries remain subjects of considerable uncertainty. This new compilation of studies from The Geological Society of America demonstrates the power of modern research tools to penetrate the effects of orogenesis and reconstruct the area's pre-deformational tectonic and paleogeographic history.More

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Foam favorable for oil extraction
Rice University via ScienceDaily
Rice University researchers demonstrate that foam may be a superior fluid to displace and extract tough-to-reach oil. In tests, foam pumped into an experimental rig that mimicked the flow paths deep underground proved better at removing oil from formations with low permeability than common techniques involving water, gas, surfactants or combinations of the three. More