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Join AEG on a field trip at the Annual Meeting in
Scottsdale this October!

The AEG Annual Meeting Planning Committee has put together several amazing field trips that are sure to provide excellent technical information, networking and just great scenery. We anticipate the field trips selling out, so be sure to sign up soon.

Trips include:
  • Grand Canyon — Geologic Tour of Central and Northern Arizona
  • Kartchner Caverns — Geological Tour
  • Red Rocks and Red Wine — Tour of Sinkholes in Sedona and a Visit to a Local Vineyard
  • ASARCO Ray Mine — Tour of the Mine Geology and Operation Processes with Brewery Stop
  • Valley of the Sun — Tour of the Phoenix Geology with Brewery Stop
You can register online by clicking here.
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Call for Papers for the 37th International Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry
The Organizing Committee would like to invite you to participate in APCOM 2015, May 23-27, in Fairbanks, Alaska. The 2015 APCOM conference is being hosted on behalf of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, co-sponsored by AEG and in cooperation with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

The technical program of this symposium is a balance of traditional areas of exploration, including geostatistics, mine design, production planning, investment analysis, artificial intelligence simulation, mine automation, rock mechanics, mineral processing and data management systems, including computer applications and optimizations in oil and gas industries. All are designed to facilitate and promote application of computers and operations research in the mineral industry.

Abstracts are invited from scientists, researchers and engineers in all sectors, including academy, industry, government and education. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website or can be emailed here. The deadline for submission is Aug. 1.

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Get online and check out AEGweb, now easier to access than ever! Changing your password or contact information is now very easy. Simply log in to your account here. Your login ID is the email we have listed for you. Click on "My Profile" in the top navigation bar, then on the link to "My Member Profile." From here, you can change your password or edit your contact information.

You can also search the membership directory, view your account history and register for the Annual Meeting without having to retype your contact information. At any time, we are here to help. Just call (303-757-2926), or email us.

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GSA call for papers: 'Pivotal Geoscience Research Invited from All Sectors'
The Geological Society of America via AEG
Abstract submission is now open for The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition, to be held Oct. 19-22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The meeting continues GSA's 126-year tradition of excellence for scientific exchange, education, professional growth and networking.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Meteorite fireball over central Arizona (Arizona Geology)
Arroumd — an interesting rock avalanche in Morocco (American Geophysical Union)
Crucial new information about how the ice ages came about (University of Southampton via ScienceDaily)
AEG Annual Meeting: Call for abstracts for 'Landslides and Infrastructure: Case Histories of Challenging Issues, from Identification to Construction' (AEG)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Resolving a misplaced source of volcanism in the Galapagos
EARTH Magazine
Geological models have long suggested the mantle plume that built the Galápagos islands lies below Fernandina Island. Using a novel combination of seismic techniques, however, scientists have found a mantle anomaly that appears to be the Galápagos plume located 150 kilometers southeast of Fernandina Island.

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Meteorite misses skydiver, caught on camera
A meteorite screamed past a skydiver in Norway at 300 miles per hour, narrowly missing him. He was lucky not to get hit by the space rock.

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Earthquake simulation tops 1 quadrillion flops
Geology Times
Geophysicists use the SeisSol earthquake simulation software to investigate rupture processes and seismic waves beneath the Earth's surface. Their goal is to simulate earthquakes as accurately as possible to be better prepared for future events and to better understand the fundamental underlying mechanisms.

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Into seismic safety?
AEG is interested in your opinion on a number of proposals from the Building Seismic Safety Council. Please let us know your thoughts on the items by emailing the Vote Item Number and your input to this address. Your input will be considered in future discussions on these topics. Your input is valued!
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'The Future of Field Camp' available online
The AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs webinar on "The Future of Field Camp" from April 18 is now available online. You can view the PowerPoint slides, listen and watch the webinar recording, see responses to participant questions and see upcoming webinars here. The webinar is also directly available on YouTube.
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NSF: Unraveling Earth's Complexity
NSF has posted information brochures for each of their directorates, which include examples of ROIs from each. Click to view the brochure on geosciences, or go to here for links to all available brochures. This is a great resource when talking to national legislators about the importance of NSF funding for geosciences.
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Science highlights

Check out what’s going on in science and around the industry:
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Commentary: Map the runout risk for landslides like Oso
The Seattle Times
The long runout of the Oso landslide surprised geologists who knew of the slide risks. Guest columnist David Montgomery considers lessons from this Snohomish County, Wash., tragedy.
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Asteroid, meteorite impacts can preserve biodata for millions of years
In two separate studies, geologists led by Dr. Haley Sapers from the University of Western Ontario and Dr. Pete Schultz of Brown University have found floral, microbial and organic matter in glass created by ancient asteroid, comet and meteorite impacts. Such glass samples could provide a snapshot of environmental conditions at the time of those impacts and could be a good place to look for signs of ancient life on Mars.
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Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those officially representing the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists except where expressly stated.

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