AEG Insider
Aug. 27, 2015

Energizing the Seismic Risks and Hazards Technical
Working Group

The dramatic increase in seismic activity in the central and eastern United States have prompted us to address the causes and consequences of these events to reduce associated risks. This is an opportunity for AEG members to contribute their technical resource to the increasing seismic risk and hazards in the United States.

As an effort to energize and reform the AEG Seismic Risks and Hazards Technical Working Group, there will be a group meeting during the 58th AEG Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. The meeting will be from 5-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the King's Terrace, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh-Downtown.

The meeting would provide an opportunity to join the technical working group, coordinate technical articles for AEG publications and contribute your expertise in advancing our knowledge on seismic risks and hazards. Therefore, if you are interested, please join us for this important technical working group meeting.

For more information contact Seismic Risk and Hazards Technical Working Group Co-chairs Thomas Oommen or Phyllis Steckel. More

News flash: AEG Foundation Fundraiser scores 3-D printer for raffle
The following is from Jane Gill-Shaler, RG, AEG Foundation director:

Our AEG Foundation Fundraiser has scored a 3-D printer for the raffle! This fine quality desktop instrument, a FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro, has a metal frame structure, acrylic covers, optimized build platform and dual extruder with several spools of extruder material in primary colors. This is in addition to the queen-size quilt hand-made for the meeting city, Pittsburgh. So be sure to buy one, two or a dozen raffle tickets! More

Celebrating a century of partnerships in parks: USGS, NPS, and
100 years of science

U.S. Geological Survey
From the grand waterfalls in Yosemite to past presidents sculpted into stone at Mount Rushmore, American history is continuously preserved throughout our national parks. On Aug. 25, 2016, the National Park Service will enjoy a well-deserved slice from their 100th birthday cake! In fact, the whole Department of the Interior will be helping the NPS celebrate all year.More

Science highlights

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Earth's mineralogy unique in the cosmos
Carnegie Science
New research from a team led by Carnegie's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere in the cosmos.More

Can geoengineering save the world's ice?
Scientific American
A chunk of ice the size of downtown Manhattan fell off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland on Aug. 16, the fastest moving ice sheet in the world at present. As it melts, the glacier calves off icebergs and dumps freshwater into the North Atlantic at a rapid clip, a clip that has doubled in recent years.

Though this iceberg may be one of the biggest ever calved from Jakobshavn, the Greenland glacier is not unique in melting down. Arctic sea ice dwindles and glaciers atop mountains in more temperate and even tropical lands retreat. The meltdown of west Antarctica could raise sea levels around the world by more than three meters.More