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Governance restructure to Regions and Chapters
By Bruce Hilton, Governance Restructure Ad-Hoc Committee Chair

The Governance Restructure Committee (GRC) at the request of the BOD and appointment by the president, has been working diligently to prepare recommended changes to our bylaws to implement this restructuring of AEG. The new restructure will be into Regions with our former Sections now to be "Chapters" within each region.

This is a significant change that we hope will be favorable to growth and member representation and thus NEEDS your input, please! There are three small documents available within "Members Only Content" on our website that outlines the proposed changes:
  • GRC Recommendations: PowerPoint presented to BOD at Mid-Year Meeting — "Governance Restructure" then "Governance Recommendations" pulldown on "Members Only Content" tab on left.
  • BOD Motions: PowerPoint prepared by BOD in response to GRC Recommendations — "Governance Restructure" then "BOD Approved Motions" pulldown on "Members Only Content" tab on left.
Please take the few minutes it takes to read and comment on these recommendations and BOD motions. We want to reshape your AEG in the best possible manner to meet you, our members', needs.
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Annual Meeting information
Be sure to sign up for one of the interesting and educational field trips being offered during the AEG 58th Annual Meeting, being held Sept. 19-26 in Pittsburgh.

You'll hear from experts in their fields about the environmental and engineering geology issues that helped shape the city of Pittsburgh and surrounding regions and continue to shape the city today.

For field trip details, click here.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities for the AEG 58th Annual Meeting are still available — but going fast! For information on the availability of exclusive sponsorships, contact AEG Meeting Manager Heather Clark via email or phone at 303-518-0618. Register now

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors who have already committed!

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Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
National Science Foundation
In 2012, six Italian seismologists were sent to prison because they failed to predict the 2009 L'Aquila 6.3 magnitude earthquake. To some that may seem absurd, but it points to the faith so many have come to place in science's ability to predict and prevent tragedies.

Experts had for decades predicted that Nepal would experience a massive earthquake, but were unable to provide a more precise warning about the recent 7.8-magnitude quake that devastated the country. Science and mathematics have not reached a point where they can forecast with certainty the exact time and specific severity of these cataclysmic events — and may never do so.

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Unusual underwater landslide in Norway
American Geophysical Union
Away from Nepal for a moment, a very interesting landslide occurred at the town of Sorkjosen (Sørkjosen) in Finnmark, Norway, on Sunday. The landslide appears to have taken out an area of fill on the edge of the fjord and a large part of the jetty, plus some buildings, though fortunately no houses.
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Arctic Ocean: Seafloor features map
The Arctic Ocean has played a minor role in world history. Ice cover severely hinders navigation. The area is remote. There is almost no infrastructure. Winters are dark and very cold. Summer days are short and foggy. These challenges make the Arctic Ocean a hostile and difficult area. Today, we are at a time when interest in the Arctic Ocean is growing steadily. A warming climate is thinning and shrinking the polar ice pack to allow increased navigation. New oil and gas assessments have revealed an enormous energy resource. And, the Law of the Sea Treaty has motivated nations to clearly define their exclusive economic zone in the Arctic Ocean.
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Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those officially representing the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists except where expressly stated.


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