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AEG June NEWS posted online
The June 2014 issue of the NEWS will be available online on June 19. The issue includes detailed information on all the events for the 2014 Annual Meeting including field trips, short courses, registration, guest tours, networking and the special event. Be sure to click here to get your online copy.

Print copies will be arriving in mailboxes this week for those members who requested a print copy of AEG NEWS. Email here if you would like to start receiving print copies. Enjoy!
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Annual Meeting special event: Zelma Basha Gallery on Sept. 24
Enjoy a night of socializing with friends and colleagues, authentic western food and mariachi band. The Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art collection lies in two specific areas — contemporary Western American art and contemporary American Indian Art. The event, a part of the AEG Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, in September, will feature well over 3,000 pieces of art depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery.
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New student chapters
AEG welcomes two new student chapters to the organization: For a list of all AEG student chapters, click here. The list includes contact information for each student chapter, along with additional resources. Welcome, BYU and UTA, to AEG!
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Introducing new hire: Anette Sadler
The newest member of the AEG team, Anette Sadler came to Colorado four years ago from Miami. Sadler is looking to become an integral part of the AEG communications team, as well as be a contributor in supporting AEG members throughout their professional career.
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Jennifer Bauer to present to Senate and Congressional Staff on
landslide hazards

AEG Past President Jennifer Bauer will be presenting to Senate and Congressional Staff this month on landslide hazards and the need for a National Landslide Hazard Reduction Program in the U.S.

Finding Stable Ground: Using Science and Partnerships to Manage Landslide Hazards
Monday, June 23
Hosted by Sen. Maria Cantwell
10-11 a.m. (1334 Longworth House Office Building)
1-2 p.m. (366 Dirksen Senate Office Building)

Landslides occur in every state and territory across the United States. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, landslides in the U.S. cause more than $1 billion in damages and result in 25 to 50 deaths in a typical year. So far in 2014, landslides in Washington and Colorado have killed more than 40 people, and landslides in the mid-Atlantic region have displaced numerous families.

This briefing will address landslide hazards and risk across the U.S. and how advances in the geosciences — including breakthroughs in lidar technology — improved geologic mapping and improved landslide susceptibility and risk assessments, It also will help inform decision making to save lives, property and critical infrastructure.

Speakers will include:
  • Dave Norman, state geologist of Washington, manager of the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources, Washington Geological Survey
  • Jennifer Bauer, principal geologist and co-owner of Appalachian Landslide Consultants, PLLC, North Carolina
Moderated by Peter Lyttle, U.S. Geological Survey

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Dueling dinosaurs hit the auction block
EARTH Magazine
In 2006, a fossil collector and his crew discovered a rare fossil on private land in Montana's Hell Creek Formation — the bones of two fully articulated dinosaurs that appeared to have died together, locked in battle. The fossil duo — a small, pony-sized, carnivorous tyrannosaurid and a slightly larger herbivorous ceratopsian, both now preserved in plaster — became known as the "Montana Dueling Dinosaurs."

Last November, the fossils were put on the block at Bonhams auction house in New York City — but they did not sell. Had the set fetched the nearly $9 million it was expected to, it would have set a record for a fossil sale. For now, the Dueling Dinosaurs remain locked in an unidentified warehouse somewhere in the United States — along with any scientific information the unique specimens may reveal.

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    President's message: Skin cancer awareness and prevention (AEG)
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Grand Mesa: An unusually large and mobile mudslide (American Geophysical Union)
10 states most at risk for major disasters (Bankrate)

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Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit: Pre-order today!
American Geosciences Institute
Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (Oct. 12-18), which celebrates the theme "Earth's Connected Systems." The kit will begin shipping in August.
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Latest IAEG Newsletter available to download
The latest IAEG Newsletter is now available for download. Among the multiple topics in the newsletter include an update on IAEG Congress, results from an online survey on the most concerned and hottest issues in engineering geology and environment, the IAEG 50 Anniversary book and other news from national groups and commissions. Additionally, the newsletter features a letter from IAEG President Carlos Delgado.
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Researchers find major glacier melting from
geothermal sources

Geology Times
Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean; it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, according to researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Earth fissure viewer for Google Earth
The Arizona Geological Survey
The Arizona Geological Survey recently released the AZGS Earth fissures of central and southern Arizona file. For Google Earth users, it is a great tool for visualizing earth fissures. The data set includes all mapped fissures that have been published as part of the AZGS earth fissure program. This link gets you to the map and database services, with the GE fissures on the left side, third from the top.

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Luxury home in danger of falling into Texas lake
The Associated Press via
The Huffington Post

A vacant luxury house appears on the verge of tumbling 75 feet into a Central Texas lake because a cliff is collapsing beneath the property. WFAA-TV in the Dallas-Fort Worth area reported that the 4,000 square-foot-home above Lake Whitney has been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago.

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Obama announces new appointees to National Science Board
National Science Foundation
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint six new members to the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation and advisor to Congress and the President on science and engineering policy. John Anderson (Illinois Institute of Technology), Roger Beachy (University of California, Davis), Vicki Chandler (Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), Robert Groves (Georgetown University), James Jackson (University of Michigan) and Sethuraman Panchanathan (Arizona State University) will be sworn in during the August Board meeting and will serve six-year terms on the 24-member board.
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Precise to a fault: How GPS revolutionized seismic research
EARTH Magazine
In the late 1980s, Ken Hudnut, a Columbia University graduate student studying plate tectonics in Southern California, began experimenting with a new technology — the Global Positioning System, or GPS for short — as a way to measure the slow, relentless motion of Earth's crustal plates. Measuring the motion of plates relative to each other is a key challenge in understanding plate tectonics. Scientists have long used seismometers to detect vibrations caused by the plates' motion, especially during large events like earthquakes.
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Slow-motion earthquakes caused by natural fracking?
Natural fracking may be to blame for weird "slow" earthquakes that last for hours to days, a new study suggests. Oil and gas fracking involves cracking open rocks using water laced with sand and chemicals, pumped underground at high pressure. Now, seismic evidence from the Cascadia subduction zone leads researchers to suggest a similar process takes place deep on the zone's massive fault, generating slow earthquakes.
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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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