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Active moon volcanos in geologically recent times
Lunar scientists have long thought that dark outpourings of lava gave the man in the moon its characteristic face more than three billion years ago, and that the moon's volcanic activity halted a billion years ago. Now geologists at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration are saying that the moon has seen small but widespread eruptions of basaltic lava during the last 50 million years; a geologically recent period.
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Join a series of geological treasure hunts with Earth Science Week 2014
Every year, around the opposite side of the calendar from Earth Day, is a loosely organized event called Earth Science Week. (It also has a Facebook page.) Earth Science Week is Oct. 12-18 this year, and the special theme for 2014 is "Earth's Connected Systems." Think of it as a series of treasure hunts with a mass demonstration in the middle.
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Scientists: Siberian exploding holes 'are the key to Bermuda Triangle'
The Siberian Times
Massive craters — two in Yamal and one on the Taymyr peninsula — were revealed during the summer, leading to urgent analysis by scientists as well as a wave of speculation suggesting the cause was aliens from outer space, meteorites or stray missiles. Now scientists have come up with a coherent explanation for the craters and links it to the notorious Bermuda Triangle phenomenon, where ships and aircraft have disappeared under strange circumstances.
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AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now available to pay online
Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1, 2015 in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to log in to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. 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 fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. 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.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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Request for award nominations
Nominations for awards, accompanied by a supporting statement should be sent via mail (to AIPG, 12000 Washington Street, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134), fax (303-253-9220) or email by Jan. 15 to the AIPG National Headquarters. National awards include the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, the John T. Galey, Sr. Memorial Public Service Award, Honorary Membership and the Outstanding Achievement Award. (Click on each link to go to the award's description.) Click here for AIPG National Awards Nomination Form in pdf.
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Student poster winners announced
Four students were awarded cash prizes at the AIPG/AHS 2014 National Conference in Prescott, Arizona, on Sept. 15. The winners are:
  • Undergraduate Student Poster Winner — $500: Rae Byars, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona — An Inquiry of Upper Lake Mary's Water Quality and the Origin of the Lake Mary Basin.
  • Graduate Student Poster Winner — $600: Katherine Stoll, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona — Remote Controlled Monitoring for Mine Closure.
  • Graduate Student Poster Winner — $250: Victoria Stempniewicz, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona — Evaluating Erosion Risk Mitigation from Forest Restoration Treatments Using Alluvial Chronology and Hydraulic Modeling.
  • Graduate Student Poster Winner — $100: Vaden Aldridge, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona — Estimating Groundwater Recharge in Semi-Arid, Ponderosa Pine Forest Using a Precipitation — Sourced Chloride Mass Balance Technique.

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AAPG Foundation Seeking 2015 Teacher of the Year
Applications and nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) Award. The TOTY award, given by the American Association for Petroleum Geologists Foundation, will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. The application deadline is Dec. 1.
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AIPG Conference on Social Licensing: Achieving Public Support — Nov. 10 in Denver
The term "Social License to Operate" (SLO) was originally adopted for use by the Canadian mining industry in the late 1990s, and referred to the concept that social permission was needed for a mining company to conduct its operations, for example from local communities or indigenous people. Since then, the premise of the SLO has been extended to other geological challenges faced by society, such as fracking for oil and gas development, radioactive waste disposal, carbon capture and storage, geologic hazards, and deep-well injection of wastewater.

The lay public is frequently uninformed or misinformed about the complex scientific and technical challenges that accompany these issues. This problem is typically coupled with a general lack of knowledge about subsurface geology. The SLO seeks to alleviate this problem through a variety of public participation strategies to engage with citizens, communities, and stakeholder groups. Through this process, geoscientists can develop an understanding of public knowledge and concerns.

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Requesting articles for Student theme issue of The Professional Geologist (TPG) — Jan/Feb/Mar 2015
Submit an article that will assist our student members in knowing what to be prepared for. This information will be placed in the upcoming Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 Student Issue of TPG. Your submittal can be a couple of paragraphs, a letter, an opinion piece, an article on what you are currently working on, photos, student chapter information, etc. Please see the requirements below for submitting an article for TPG. The deadline for submitting an article is Nov. 1.

Instructions to Authors

Articles may be technical or professional in nature. Articles containing news of importance to professional geologists will be considered. Articles should be submitted electronically via email in Word format to Vickie Hill at Graphics should also be submitted electronically in jpg, tiff, gif, ai, eps, psd or other standard format at 300 dpi.

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Oct. 24 SIPES Continuing Education Seminar, Houston Register Online
Nov. 1 Deadline to submit article for Student theme of The Professional Geologist Send articles to Vickie Hill
Nov. 10 AIPG Conference on Social Licensing: Achieving Public Support — Nov. 10 in Denver Register Online
Dec. 15-19 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco AGU
Jan. 1, 2015 Deadline for AIPG membership dues Pay Online
Sept. 19-22, 2015 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section

UK's 'Greatest Geosites' announced
BBC News
The Geological Society of London has named its top 100 geological sites in the U.K. and Ireland, including 10 "people's favorites." The list, compiled into an online clickable map, marks the start of Earth Science Week. Categories for the popular vote included landscapes, outcrops and coastlines, as well as industrial and educational sites.

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'Strikingly geometric' shapes hidden on moon's surface
A massive feature on the moon formed due to lunar rifts, in a surprise revision to earlier theories, research shows. Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed. This finding reveals the early moon was far more dynamic than previously thought, scientists added.

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New map exposes previously unseen details of seafloor
Scripps Oceanography News
Accessing two previously untapped streams of satellite data, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues have created a new map of the world's seafloor, creating a much more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean. Thousands of previously uncharted mountains rising from the seafloor and new clues about the formation of the continents have emerged through the new map.

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Varanavasi, a geologist's dreamland
The Hindu
A field fossil museum, showcasing an area that had once been the bottom of the sea, will soon come up at Varanavasi near Ariyalur. Situated about 55 kilometers from Tiruchi, India, the field museum would be spread over 50 hectares of badland topography, a type of dry terrain where soft sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. The ravines, crevices and caverns of the topography make for a breathtaking panorama.
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A new method for detecting water on Mars
For the last decade rovers have been landing on Mars and collecting data about the geology, atmosphere and evolution of the Red Planet. Aside from those studies Mars scientists have also been on the lookout for one thing in particular: H2O. Though efforts have yet to discover water on Mars, a new method for detecting the valuable liquid might find its way to the Red Planet in the future. Developed by an undergraduate at Washington State University, the new hydro-hunting method has its roots in terrestrial geology.
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Smoking Alaska mountain no volcano, so why is it smoldering?
Alaska Dispatch News
A smoking mountain near the Yukon River not far from Eagle, Alaska, is, after further study, still a puzzle. People first noticed acrid smoke in September 2012. The mountain has been steaming ever since, even during the coldest days of winter. Linda Stromquist, a geologist for the National Park Service, has been trying to untangle the mystery of the Windfall Mountain Fire that burns above the Tatonduk River. Windfall Mountain is not a volcano. So what is it?
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Expanding Antarctic sea ice is flooding 'warning bell'
Climate Central
Research suggests that the expansion of Antarctic sea ice heralds ocean changes that will hasten ice sheet melting, by trapping heat beneath a layer of cold surface water, worsening flooding around the world. The stunning outward spread of ice floes atop the seas surrounding the South Pole has been caused by cold freshwater flowing out of melting Antarctic glaciers. That melting is forming layers of unusually cold and relatively salt-free surface waters in the region, the tops of which are being frosted with layers of blue-white ice.
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Wetter, cooler conditions protrayed in latest Iowa water summary update
September brought an additional inch over normal rainfall to Iowa. Rain was unseasonable heavy across the southern third of the state during the first half of the month. Year-to-date precipitation has been greater than normal across the vast majority of the state, with 2014 ranking as the 12th wettest year among 142 years of records. The October issue of Water Summary Update discusses how geology, hydrogeology, pumping records and computer models are used in the state's plan for sustaining groundwater during drought years.
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Ozone layer expected to recover by 2050
The Battalion
After a report from the U.N. in September stated that the ozone layer could be healed by 2050, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began appealing last week to the Obama administration for further enforcement of the Montreal Protocol. The report, published by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization, said the ozone has been healing successfully in part because of the successful implementation of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty that phased out the production of substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.
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