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New evidence suggests ancient impact flipped the moon on its side
Tech Times
The moon may have been the victim of an ancient asteroid impact that radically altered its orientation relative to the Earth, astronomers now believe. Unusual features on the poles of our lunar companion, and the far side of the body, suggest the moon was not always aligned like it is today.
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Ancient crater found in Canada; meterorite thought to be responsible
International Science Times
For millions of years the Earth has been target to meteorite strikes and geologists have so far discovered numerous craters caused by these collisions. The latest crater to be discovered is in southern Alberta, Canada, where an ancient ring like structure was found, thought to be caused by a meteorite strike. The crater may have been eight-kilometers wide and the explosion caused by the strike would have been strong enough to destroy present-day Calgary, according to a press release.
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New evidence for Alaskan tsunamis found
LiveScience via Fox News
This century's deadly tsunamis kicked off an intense search for buried clues to prehistoric killer waves along Alaska's southern shores. The coastal geology there has unleashed some of the biggest tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean, but the historical record of past earthquakes and waves is sparse. Now, new evidence uncovered at several spots along the scenic coastline reveals that many tsunamis have flooded Alaska's islands and fjords in the past several thousand years.
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May 18-21 GSA Meeting, Bozeman, Mont. For more information, call 303-412-6205 or email
May 29 Aquifer Characterization — Groundwater Behavior in the Subsurface Environment, Lexington, Ky. Hosted by the AIPG Kentucky Section
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Challenges of methane hydrates
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
The energy of the future could lie buried deep beneath the world's oceans and the Arctic permafrost. Methane hydrates, also known as "flammable ice," are vast reservoirs of natural gas trapped in ice-like crystals and hold the potential to alter trade flows and reshape the geopolitics of energy.

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Where did Virginia's volcanoes come from?
LiveScience via Fox News
The youngest volcanoes on the East Coast share an unusual geological link with islands on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean, a new study reports. The new findings could explain the enigmatic origin of the 48-million-year-old volcanoes, which punched through Virginia's fractured crust long after other fiery eruptions ceased along the East Coast. The surprisingly young volcanoes also offer clues into the tectonic forces molding eastern North America's mountains and hidden underbelly.

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Hunt for shipwreck in Gulf leads to discovery of pair of rare tar volcanoes
Tech Times
Tar volcanoes &dmash; rarely seen by geologists, were found accidentally, during a search for shipwrecks. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers discovered the structures in Gulf of Mexico. Instead of a ruined ship, the team found strange rock structures over 6,200 feet beneath the surface of the water. The stones are laid out like a large flower on the seabed. Investigators saw a mysterious black substance emanating from the "petals" of the structure.

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The Red Sea is an ocean like all others
GEOMAR via redOrbit
The Red Sea is an ideal study object for marine geologists. There they can observe the formation of an ocean in its early phase. However, the Red Sea seemed to go through a different birthing process than the other oceans. Now, scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah were able to show that salt glaciers have distorted the previous models.
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DSS 2014: Hyperspectral satellite set to monitor Hawaiian volcano
A suitcase-size satellite called SUCHI is now scheduled for launch from Kauai Island in Hawaii in the fall of 2014, after a year's delay to fine-tune its hyperspectral sensing technology, a team member said at the outset of SPIE's defense, security and sensing (DSS) event in Baltimore. The imager is designed to study geological phenomena like volcanic eruptions and lava flows, with a six-month primary mission that could be extended to two years.
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Scientists create global inventory of 198,000 glaciers
Tech Times
Glaciers are often regarded as the immediate indicators of climate change. With the recent completion of an extensive inventory of the world's glaciers, scientists may now be able to uncover with precision the impacts of climate change on sea level rise. In fact, it could even provide glaciologists accurate information on each and every glacier on the list, with its comprehensive digital vector outlines offering a glacier's total extent and volume measured up to the last inch.
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National Science Foundation to deploy seismic sensors in Alaska
Alaska is the place to be if you want to study earthquakes. In a year, it has as many earthquakes as all the other states combined. Scientific study of those quakes is beginning to ramp up significantly as the National Science Foundation deploys a new network of seismic sensors this summer.
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Research team presents findings on Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer
The Ada News
Based on previous studies of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, researchers might have decided that there was nothing else to discover. But a research team from Oklahoma State University has found that the aquifer still holds many secrets. Experts know more about the aquifer now than they did in the past, but they still have a lot to learn, said Dr. Todd Halihan, a professor of hydrogeophysics at OSU.
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Geologists: Dam is not so threatening after all
Federal geologists once warned that the silt trapped behind Maryland's Conowingo dam was "a time bomb," threatening to choke the life out of Chesapeake Bay. The mass of muck piled up behind the dam over the years is enough to fill M&T Bank Stadium 80 times over. And a major storm could hurl tons of it through the flood gates down river and into the bay, destroying grass beds and suffocating oyster bars. But those fears may have been overwrought.
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    Where did Virginia's volcanoes come from? (LiveScience via Fox News)
Has US oil consumption decreased because of peak oil? (By Stefanie Heerwig)
Tornado activity patterns baffle meteorologists (The Associated Press via The Maroon)
250 million-year-old piece of Africa found in Southeastern US (International Business Times)

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