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Scientists: New island off Pakistan's coast may be mud volcano
LiveScience via The Huffington Post
VideoBrief A new island emerged from the ocean offshore of the city of Gwadar, Pakistan, after a strong magnitude-7.7 earthquake shook the country Sept. 24. The mound appears to be 20 to 40 feet high and 100 feet wide. It rose out of the sea at a spot located about 350 feet from the coast. The news sparked lively chatter among geologists, who debated whether the hill was a landslide, a fault scarp or even a hoax. cientists are still far from consensus, but many think that Pakistan's newest piece of land may be a mud volcano.
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Unlocking oil secrets stored in Alberta's core sample archive
Financial Post
Husky Energy Inc. geologist Candace Brintnell is probing at the edge of an oil frontier. Inside a Canadian warehouse that houses one of the oldest and largest stockpiles of well core in the world, Brintnell is examining cylinders of bitumen-soaked rock pulled from a 400-billion-barrel mother lode of super-viscous crude that has confounded oilmen here for decades. Geologists have assessed the structure known as the Grosmont carbonate since at least the 1970s, to no avail.
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Marine science: Oceanography's billion-dollar baby
Oceanographers have long relied on brief glimpses of data from single research cruises or isolated buoys or moorings. A mammoth undersea U.S. project will soon start streaming data to researchers. The Ocean Observatories Initiative aims to create stream real-time data back to shore by 2015, delivering some of the first live video footage of an underwater volcano erupting, hydrothermal vents growing and clouds of microbes billowing from the sea floor.
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  Monitoring Surrogates at Fracking Sites

The development of oil and gas resources, especially by hydraulic fracturing, has increased concerns about potential groundwater contamination. Real-time groundwater quality monitoring networks may be feasible if pollutant-surrogate relationships are established. Learn about surrogates for methane and fracking fluid in a new white paper.


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Early registration has been extended for the AIPG 50th Annual Meeting that will be held Oct. 23-26, in Broomfield, Colo. Reserve your room at the Omni by Oct. 2 for the reduced rate of $139.

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Pay AIPG 2014 membership dues online
Annual AIPG membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1, 2014, in accordance with the Bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2014. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or faxed, along with your dues statement and credit card information, to 303-253-9220. They can also be mailed to the address at the bottom of the brief. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205.

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Traces of immense prehistoric ice sheets discovered
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers via
Geologists and geophysicists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, discovered traces of large ice sheets from the Pleistocene on a seamount off the north-eastern coast of Russia. These marks confirm for the first time that within the past 800,000 years in the course of ice ages, ice sheets more than a kilometer thick also formed in the Arctic Ocean.

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Hints about the evolution of hominids
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Since the Scopes Trial in 1925, several transitional fossils have been discovered that document the progression to modern humanity and will aid in solving the problem of the "missing link." Now the work of 40 scientists across eight different countries aims to shed light, not on how the hominid changed, but why.

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New approach to explaining evolution's big bang
The New York Times
The name Myllokunmingia may not ring a bell, but it is worth knowing. This 520-million-year-old creature was the size of a guppy, with a tiny swordfish-like fin running high over its back. The fossils it has left behind preserve traces of a skull. Humans have a skull, too. This and a number of other traits we share with Myllokunmingia reveal it to be one of the oldest, most primitive vertebrates yet found. It is, in other words, a hint of where we came from.

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Indiana State graduate's research will 'change the way geologists think'
The Statesman
After graduating from Indiana State in 2006 with his bachelor's degree in geology, Jared Kluesner enrolled at Scripps Institution of Oceanography as a doctoral student. He completed his doctorate in 2011 and now works as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He returned to Indiana State in September to speak to current students about 3-D seismic imaging of the ocean floor off of Costa Rica. "His work will likely change the way geologists think about the structure of geologically active margins," ISU professor Tony Rathburn said.
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Granite Wars — Episode I: Fire & Water
Scientific American
In 1820 the Italian engineer Count Giuseppe Marzari-Pencati (1779-1836) published a short article about the stratigraphic succession found near the small village of Predazzo. At the "Canzoccoli" outcrop, Pencati observed a grayish granitic rock overlying white marbles. What today is described in any geological textbook as an "unconformity" was at the time a geological impossibility.
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University of Wyoming professor seeks to understand underground liquids
Laramie Boomerang via The Kansas City Star
University of Wyoming associate professor Ye Zhang's research will always bump up against an insurmountable dilemma. Zhang, a computer modeler who studies subsurface hydrogeology, strives to understand the way liquids move underground, whether that liquid is water, oil or some other substance. The only way to really know what's going on underground is to drill a well. But one well won't answer all the questions, while drilling too many wells causes different problems. That's where Zhang's research comes in.
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Volcanism in New York: The Syracuse University Lava Project
The Syracuse University Lava Project is a mix of artistic expression in the form of molten basalt being poured onto various surface and a geologic experiment in the same form. This mini-man-made volcano in upstate New York is one of the few places on the planet where researchers/artists generate their own lava on a scale this large. At the Lava Project, hundreds of kilograms of basalt are melted and then used to make synthetic lava flows next to the Comstock Art Facility in Syracuse. This project has produced real, scientific research.
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Dating the moon's basins
The Planetary Society
"Over the last couple of days I have fallen down a research rabbit hole," writes Emily Lakdawalla. "I began with a question about clay minerals on Mars and find myself, today, writing about the history of major impact basins on the Moon. The trail that led me here has to do with geologic time scales." Lakdawalla begins here because, "the moon is where the study of planetary geology started, even before the Space Age."
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