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Stabilizing geotechnical assets: New research aims to identify potential highway, railroad problems
Michigan Technological University
In a new project led by Michigan Technological University, Thomas Oommen, assistant professor of geological and mining engineering and sciences, heads a team that is using advanced technology to develop a comprehensive management system to monitor the United States' geotechnical assets — the ground that forms the base for the concrete, asphalt or steel that makes up our transportation system. Oommen is chair of the AEG seismic hazards technical working group and a member of the AEG landslide technical working group.
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AEG News deadline approaches
Deadline for the December issue of AEG News, including The Homefront, articles and field trips, is Friday, Oct. 31. Please forward information to editor Anna Saindon via email.
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Future of Geoscience Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Higher education in the geosciences is a rapidly evolving field and advances in the science of education are driving significant change. For more information regarding the future of geosciences education, results from a resent Summit on the Future of Geoscience Education can be found here.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the future of geoscience education, please take this short survey. They are particularly interested in receiving the thoughts of those geoscientists working in industry.

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2014 Harrisburg Sinkhole Summit planned for Nov. 7
The City of Harrisburg
Hear from national speakers who will share their expertise on the best practices in sinkhole management to include the following:
  • Sinkholes 101 (The basics — how they form
  • Federal funding programs for sinkhole identification and repair
  • Pennsylvania state government funding programs
  • Land use development ordinances
  • Insurance products ... and more
Register online here.

Conference location:
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza–Harrisburg
23 South Second Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Click here to view an agenda and learn more.

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Ammonium source in open ocean tracked by researchers
Brown University via ScienceDaily
To understand the extent to which human activities are polluting Earth's atmosphere and oceans, it's important to distinguish human-made pollutants from compounds that occur naturally. A new study finds that deposition of ammonium, a source of nitrogen pollution, over the open ocean comes mostly from natural marine sources, and not from human activity.
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From boom to bust in Neolithic Europe
EARTH Magazine
As agricultural practices spread from the Fertile Crescent across Europe, gradually expanding west and north starting about 8,500 years ago, they brought increased and localized food production to a continent where nomadic hunter-gatherers had long made their living subject to the whims of climate and the environment. With agriculture, long-term settlements developed, fertility rates rose and, thus, populations grew steadily. Or at least that's been the conventional wisdom.
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    Kent State researchers study the stability of Mount Rushmore (Kent State University)
Massive debris pile reveals risk of huge tsunamis in Hawaii (American Geophysical Union)
Explanation of the predicted geoscience workforce shortage (American Geosciences Institute)
Geologic gazards in Colorado (Colorado Geological Survey)
Earth's magnetic field could flip in our lifetime (Fox News)

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Researchers turn to 3-D technology to examine the formation of
cliffband landscapes

Geology Times
A blend of photos and technology takes a new twist on studying cliff landscapes and how they were formed. Dylan Ward, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of geology, will present a case study on this unique technology application at The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition.
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