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AEG signs letter to Congressional members in support of funding for geoscience research
AEG joined several other geoscience organizations and universities advancing scientific research in signing a letter to members of Congress expressing its support for funding for the good of geoscience research. The letter urges Congressional members to "recognize that investment in geoscience research is essential to the well-being and prosperity of the United States and its citizens."
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The intent of the Young Professional Travel Grant is to help defer the cost of attending the AEG Annual Meeting for young professionals when an employer is unable to support their attendance. This is a competitive $500 grant and will be awarded to at most two applicants based on availability of funds and quality of applications.

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AGI Earth Science Week 2014 contests announced
American Geosciences Institute via AEG
In celebration of Earth Science Week 2014, the American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme: "Earth's Connected Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest and an essay contest.
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White House comments on National Geothermal Data System
Arizona Geology
The White House released a fact sheet on the Energy Datapalooza that featured the formal launch of the Arizona Geology-built-and-managed National Geothermal Data System by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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Geologic investigation into fatal rock fall: Risk remains high
Utah Geological Survey
Residents living within high rock-fall-hazard zones in Rockville, Utah, face the possible consequences of a large rock fall similar to the fatal event that occurred last December. That is the principle finding of a geologic investigation into the rock fall that killed two people on Dec. 12, 2013.

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President's message
As June begins, AEG officers and staff are gearing up for our busiest time of year. June brings the full attention of the Association officers and staff on our approaching Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, and all that encompasses that effort. Registration for the Scottsdale meeting is well underway and I encourage members to register as soon as possible as many field trips and short courses sell out!

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Staking a claim: Deep-sea mining nears fruition
EARTH Magazine
In the late 1970s, geologists in a deep-sea submersible several kilometers below the waves on the Galapagos Rift discovered a previously unknown world: hydrothermal vent systems supporting an array of exotic life that thrived in the absence of sunlight, subsisting instead on metals and minerals leached from the seafloor. Such hydrothermal vent systems are now recognized features of mid-ocean ridges.

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Environmental 1-2 punch imperils Amazonian forests
James Cook University via ScienceDaily
One of the world's longest-running ecological studies has revealed that Amazonian forests are being altered by multiple environmental threats — creating even greater perils for the world's largest rainforest. But the biggest surprise is that nearby undisturbed forests, which were also being carefully studied, changed as well.
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Australia's deadly eruptions the reason for the first mass extinction
Geology Times
A Curtin University researcher has shown that ancient volcanic eruptions in Australia 510 million years ago significantly affected the climate, causing the first known mass extinction in the history of complex life.
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