AEG Insider
Sep. 4, 2014

Student Chapter Grant applications due Sept. 15
Don't miss out! The deadline to submit the Fall 2014 Student Chapter Grant application cannot be extended any further. Submit your application by Monday, Sept. 15.

The Student Chapter Grants are competitive, $250 grants. Two grants are awarded to two student chapters each spring and fall. Download the Student Chapter Grant application here. Details and tips for an effective application can be found on the application document.

Please feel free to contact the SYPSC Co-chairs, Adair Gallisdorfer and Velita Cardenas with any questions.

We hope to see your application by Sept. 15. Good luck!

Note: If your Student Chapter received one of the Spring 2014 grants, you are not eligible to apply again until Spring 2015 (deadline Jan. 31, 2015).More

AEG Annual Meeting on the horizon
The 2014 AEG Annual Meeting in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, is a little more than two weeks away. There is still time to register for events from Sept. 20-28. You can do so here. Download a schedule of events here, sign up for a Short Course here, and learn more about field trip opportunities here.

Contact AEG Meeting Manager Heather Clark by phone at 303-518-0618 or by email. More

Scholarship opportunity for doctoral candidates in the sciences,
including geology

American Philosophical Society
The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

The competition is open to U.S. citizens and residents wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world. Foreign applicants must either be based at a U.S. institution or plan to carry out their work in the U.S.More

Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit III planned
Utah Geological Survey
The Utah Geological Survey and Western States Seismic Policy Council will convene a Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summit III (BRPSHSIII) Jan. 12-17, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of BRPSHSIII is to bring together geologists, seismologists, geodesists, engineers, emergency managers and policy makers to present and discuss the latest earthquake-hazards research, as well as to evaluate research implications for hazard reduction and public policy in the Basin and Range Province.

BRPSHSIII will include a paleoseismology workshop, a field trip along the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault, a poster session and a proceedings volume. Papers contributed to the proceedings volume will be published digitally in the Utah Geological Survey's Miscellaneous Publication series. Digital versions of posters will also be included in the proceedings volume. Learn more here. Visit the summit's website here. More

What caused California's Napa Valley earthquake?
National Geographic
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck California's Napa Valley north of San Francisco — collapsing older buildings, sparking fires and causing scores of injuries — fell along a series of cracks in the Earth tied to the famed and feared San Andreas Fault. The event centered about 6.7 miles underneath Northern California's wine country. There, like most locales along the Pacific rim, ocean crust and continental crust clash to create numerous faults and quakes.More

Natural methane seepage on Atlantic Ocean margin widespread
U.S. Geological Survey via ScienceDaily
Natural methane leakage from the seafloor is far more widespread on the U.S. Atlantic margin than previously thought, according to a study by researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions.More

Changing the landscape: Geoscientists embrace 3-D printing
EARTH Magazine
The rapid proliferation of 3-D printing technology that began in the early 2000s sent ripples of excitement through the tech world and beyond; some pundits predicted 3-D printing would transform everything about modern life. Until a few years ago, however, the high price of printers put them out of reach for most academic researchers and hobbyists. Now, more affordable printers have broken this barrier, and geoscientists have started testing the waters.More

Geologists unravel mystery of new crater found in southern Utah
Farmers in southern Utah are scratching their heads and trying to figure out what caused an unusual phenomenon in an irrigation pond. Gary Dalton of Circleville recently discovered a mysterious crater that suddenly appeared under the water.

Experts from the Utah Geological Survey took a look and were initially baffled. "Well, yeah, we've got several theories," said veteran geologist and AEG member Bill Lund as he examined the pond. "Most of them have gone up in smoke."More

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World's largest dam removal unleashes river after century of
electric production

National Geographic
On a remote stretch of the Elwha River in northwestern Washington state, a demolition crew hired by the National Park Service plans to detonate a battery of explosives within the remaining section of the Glines Canyon Dam. If all goes well, the blasts will destroy the last 30 feet of the 210-foot-high dam and will signal the culmination of the largest dam-removal project in the world.

In Asia, Africa and South America, large hydroelectric dams are still being built, as they once were in the United States, to power economic development with the added argument now that the electricity they provide is free of greenhouse gas emissions. But while the U.S. still benefits from the large dams it built in the 20th century, there's a growing recognition that in some cases, at least, dam building went too far — and the Elwha River is a symbol of that.More