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International GPS project provides details of Nepal earthquake
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal last April was the first example of a large continental "mega-thrust" rupture that was captured by a GPS network that measures ground motion. The Himalayas are the most seismically active, above-water mountain range on Earth. Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and other colleagues found the earthquake was the result of rupture on the Main Himalayan Thrust fault along an area 140 kilometers (74.5 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) wide, lasting 60 seconds, moving towards Kathmandu at a speed of 3.3 kilometers (2 miles) per second.
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Cascadia fault chatters and pops with little quakes
The Seattle Times
Initial results from a program to monitor the Cascadia Subduction Zone in unprecedented detail show that the fault off the Northwest coast isn't as seismically quiet as it has long appeared. Seafloor seismometers deployed as part of the National Science Foundation's Cascadia Initiative detected nearly 600 small earthquakes off central Oregon during their first year of operation — quakes that didn't register on any land-based instruments.
The geology of Star Trek: From extraterrestrial minerals to alien life-forms
As with any good science fiction, part of our fascination with Star Trek comes from the combination of real science and fantastic possibilities. When you think of science in the show, disciplines like spaceship engineering, astronomy, physics and biology probably spring to mind first. However, the show actually features a lot of geology.
AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Early Bird prices extended
Register for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Reduced rates for the hotel block have been extended to Sept. 4. Room rate: $137 — AIPG15. Reserve your hotel room here or call 1-800-HILTONS. Reserve now and save! Click here for meeting details. The presentation schedule is online.
The AIPG Awards Luncheon, Sept. 18, will include the presentation of AIPG Student Chapter Award, AIPG Section Leadership Awards, AIPG Presidential Certificates of Merit and AIPG National Executive Committee Officer Recognition Awards. All registrants are welcome and encouraged to attend.
AIPG members — 2016 membership dues
The 2016 membership dues are available to pay online. Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2016. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205. Click on MEMBER LOGIN to pay dues, make a donation and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory or make changes to your record.
AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist is now available online
The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, July/August/Sept. 2015, includes Career Building Workshop at UC Davis a Success; Earthquakes of Mexico-As Observed from Home Seismometer in Palmer, Texas; Career Building Workshop at UC Davis a Success; From Bone Dry to Soaking Wet-A Commentary on Recent Flooding Throughout Texas plus much more! All back issues of TPG are available online.
List of new members and applicants
The list of new members, applicants and upgrades from May 5-Aug. 13 is available. AIPG has more than 7,800 members:
- Certified Professional Geologists (CPG) — 3,222;
- CPG Non-Practicing — 409;
- Professional Members — 950;
- Associate Members — 51;
- Young Professionals — 86;
- Student Adjuncts — 3,155
Election results for 2016 AIPG National Executive Committee Officers
President-Elect: Adam W. Heft, CPG, Michigan
Vice President: David G. Pyles, CPG, Illinois
Secretary: Keri A. Nutter, CPG, Alaska
Editor: Jean M. Neubeck, CPG, New York
The incumbent officers are:
President: Helen V. Hickman, CPG, Florida
Past President: J. Foster Sawyer, CPG, South Dakota
Treasurer: R. Douglas Bartlett, CPG, Arizona
Advisory Board Representatives for 2016 will be elected at the AIPG Annual Meeting on Sept. 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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AIPG executive director position announcement
The American Institute of Professional Geologists is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The position is to be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is vetted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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Ancient magma movements responsible for Gascoyne minerals
Geologists have used a technique developed at Curtin University to determine magmatic fluids came up from the Earth's mantle repeatedly over the past 1,600 million years, depositing minerals along a fault line in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia researcher Dr. Simon Johnson told the Geological Survey Open Day earlier this year the fault had been active 1,600, 1,375, 1,220 and 1,000 million years ago.
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Colorado's canyon without a river
Arizona Public Radio
Unaweep Canyon, south of Grand Junction, Colorado, is odd because it has two outlets. A pair of creeks now flows off a divide in opposite directions — East Creek goes out one way, West Creek exits the other. But neither stream is big enough to have carved a canyon as large as Unaweep. Geologists think two large rivers initially did the cutting. But what happened to those major rivers?
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New science shows Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska
Sitka sits on a different chunk of the Earth's crust than the rest of Alaska. Decades of scientific research have led to a report and map showing where the faults lie. The new information expands scientists' understanding of what is going on beneath Alaska's surface.
World's oldest flower found: It's 125 million years old
We tend to think of flowering plants as ubiquitous, but in truth, they've only been around for about 125 million years Geologists may have just found the oldest flower. Looking through some previously discovered fossils, scientists were thrilled to find a spectacular specimen: a fossil of a flowering plant resembling that of the common pond weed Ceratophyllum, more commonly known as hornwort.
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Shell clears final hurdle for Arctic drilling
Oil giant Shell has been given final permission for an exploratory drilling project in Alaskan waters. The drilling, already underway with a temporary permit, is the first of its kind since Shell's 2012 Arctic drilling project was plagued by problems.
Experts say ground in Tampa Bay could be more susceptible to sinkholes
Tampa Bay Times
The onslaught of rain that drenched the Tampa Bay area in the past month unleashed widespread flooding that left the ground soppy and saturated. Geologists say that under all that water weight, another problem could be brewing out of sight: sinkholes.
Professors at Appalachian State receive NSF grant to study dome formation in Georgia and Western North Carolina
Appalachian State University
The Tallulah Gorge area in Georgia and Toxaway Falls in Gorges State Park in Western North Carolina are well known for their beauty and outdoor recreational offerings.
For Appalachian State University geologists Gabe Casale and Jamie Levine, the areas are also rich in geological information.
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