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Volunteers needed to help mix geology and politics to
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American Geosciences Institute via AEG
The American Geosciences Institute, of which AEG is a member society, will again host the annual Geosciences Congressional Visit Days on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17. AGI cosponsors these events, along with other professional societies, during which attendees visit with members of Congress and their staff. During these visits, geologists have opportunities to communicate a message about the importance of investing in federal geoscience research and development, monitoring and education, as well as to explain their work and its value at local, state, regional, national and/or international levels.
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GSA publishes draft position on geoscientist role
As was noted in the June 26 AEG Insider, The Geological Society of America has published a draft position statement on "The Role of the Geoscientist in Building and Maintaining Infrastructure" in the June 2014 GSA Today (pp. 34-35). It is also available online at the top of the page. It is in favor of the value of licensure and mentions ASBOG.

GSA's deadline for comments is July 15. If you are a GSA member, you may comment directly to GSA. AEG will be sending a formal commentary by the deadline. If you would like to provide your input through AEG, please email Becky Roland by July 11. We will post AEG's final commentary in a future AEG Insider.

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GSA 2014 Annual Meeting: Landslide sessions
The Geological Society of America via AEG
We are pleased to inform you that there are several GSA Topical Sessions focused on landslides planned for the 2014 GSA Annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • T96. Slope Stability and Permafrost
  • T97. Landslides in Sensitive Glaciomarine Clay
  • T100. Secondary Processes of Landslides
  • T101. Landslide Hazard Analysis: Maps, Monitoring, Models and the Future
  • T106. The Landslide Multi-Hazard Conundrum: What Primary Hazards Trigger Landslides, and How Do Landslides in Turn Cause Secondary Hazards?

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Preserving Peru's petrified forest
EARTH Magazine
Tucked high in the Andes Mountains of northern Peru is a remarkable fossil locality: A 39-million-year-old petrified forest preserved in nearly pristine condition — stumps, full trees, leaves and all. With its existence unknown to scientists until the early 1990s — and its significance unbeknownst to villagers — this ancient forest hosts the remains of more than 40 types of trees, some still rooted, that flourished in a lowland tropical forest until they were suddenly buried by a volcanic eruption during the Eocene.
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Federal geosciences grant funding in 2010
American Geosciences Institute
According to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, the federal government in 2010 spent $3.3 billion on grants for basic and applied research in geoscience. The majority of this investment was spent on projects in the environmental sciences.
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Energy lecture at Geo-Congress 2014: 'New Insights Into Soil Behavior'
Geo-Institute of ASCE via YouTube
VideoBriefDr. Carlos Santamarina of Georgia Tech presented the Terzaghi Lecture at Geo-Congress 2014 called "Energy Geotechnology: Enabling New Insights Into Soil Behavior." Per Santamarina, energy "is critical to life, and the coming decades will see worldwide population growth and associated economic development that will result in a pronounced increase in energy demand."
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How are hurricanes named?
Hurricanes occur every year, and sometimes, two or three hurricanes can be active at the same time. The World Meteorological Organization develops a list of names that are assigned in alphabetical order to tropical storms as the are discovered in each hurricane season.

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3 ancient volcanoes discovered in Australia
Scientists at Monash University have announced the discovery of three previously unrecorded ancient volcanoes in the Hamilton area of the Newer Volcanics Province, Victoria, Australia.

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Visualize this: Carbon storage tool for now and the future
U.S. Geological Survey
Announced on the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, a new "Land Carbon Viewer" allows users to see the land carbon storage and change in their ecosystems between 2005 and 2050 in the lower 48 states.

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Passing of Lehi F. Hintze
Daily Herald
Lehi Ferdinand Hintze, a geologist who gave a lot of his time and career to Utah and the Utah Geological Survey, passed away July 1 in Provo, Utah. He was 93. Hintze taught geology for 35 years at Oregon State University and Brigham Young University and is noted for his 1980 geologic map of Utah, an academic work titled "Geologic History of Utah" and the "Geologic Highway Map of Utah."
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New satellite sees 1st Atlantic hurricane
NASA via ScienceDaily
The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory flew over Hurricane Arthur five times between July 1 and July 5. Arthur is the first tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The Core Observatory was launched Feb. 27 from Japan and began its prime mission on May 29, just in time for the hurricane season.
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Ancient ocean currents may have changed pace and intensity of ice ages
Geology Times
Climate scientists have long tried to explain why ice-age cycles became longer and more intense some 900,000 years ago, switching from 41,000-year cycles to 100,000-year cycles. In a paper published in the journal Science, researchers report that the deep ocean currents that move heat around the globe stalled or may have stopped at that time, possibly due to expanding ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere.
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