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Jahns Distinguished Lecturer request for nominations
AEG is looking for nominations for the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer. If you have any suggestions or nominations, please contact AEG President Ken Fergason.

For more information about the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer selection process, click here. Please submit nominations and suggestions by March 5.
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Yellowstone: Geysers erupt periodically because they have loops in
their plumbing

University of California, Berkeley via ScienceDaily
Geysers like Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park erupt periodically because of loops or side-chambers in their underground plumbing, according to recent studies by volcanologists at the University of California, Berkeley.

The key to geysers, said Michael Manga, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science, is an underground bend or loop that traps steam and then bubbles it out slowly to heat the water column above until it is just short of boiling. Eventually, the steam bubbles trigger sudden boiling from the top of the column, releasing pressure on the water below and allowing it to boil as well. The column essentially boils from the top downward, spewing water and steam hundreds of feet into the air.

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Nominations for 2015 AGU journalism awards accepted through March 15
American Geophysical Union
The world's largest organization of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union, is accepting nominations for its 2015 journalism awards through March 15. This year, AGU plans to present the three awards: The David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism-News, the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism-Features and the Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism.
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Earthquake early warning begins testing in Washington, Oregon
University of Washington
The next time a significant earthquake hits in Washington or Oregon, a handful of computers in offices around the region will emit a blaring siren, then a robotic voice will pronounce: "Earthquake. Earthquake. Shaking to begin in ... 15 seconds."

The software, implemented by the University of Washington-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based on a California tool, is the region's first warning system for incoming earthquakes. A prototype recently was shared with a group of people from outside the research community.

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More upwelling expected in critical parts of future oceans
National Science Foundation
A team of researchers from Northeastern University and Oregon State University published results in Nature investigating the effects of climate change on coastal ocean upwelling, the process by which deep, cold waters rise toward the surface, bringing nutrients. The results indicate that by the end of the 21st century, periods of annual upwelling in particular coastal areas will lengthen and intensify, while the differences in upwelling across latitudes will diminish.
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Dozens of new craters suspected in northern Russia
The Siberian Times
Respected Moscow scientist Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky has called for "urgent" investigation of the new phenomenon amid safety fears. Until now, only three large craters were known about in northern Russia with several scientific sources speculating last year that heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates, so causing the formation of these craters in Arctic regions.
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