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New video shows life in the deepest ocean
EarthSky
VideoBrief The deepest part of the ocean is in the Mariana Trench (sometimes called the Marianas Trench), located in the western Pacific Ocean. At its deepest part, it's just under 7 miles (6.831 miles / 10.994 km / 10,994 meters) deep. Using the U.K.'s deepest diving vehicle — the Hadal-Lander — an international team of marine biologists, geologists, microbiologists and geneticists recently probed this area, captured video of the world's deepest ocean life, discovered some new species and set a new record for the world's deepest known fish.
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Feds about to increase weather computing power tenfold, expect it to lead to better forecasts
Star Tribune
The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's two supercomputers will more than triple in computational ability this month and more than triple again by October. Computers will go from now being able to handle 426 trillion operations a second to 5,000 trillion calculations in the fall.
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Scientists discover ancient subsurface water pockets
The Varsity
It has long been known that ancient water exists deep within our Earth's crust, preserved in microscopic bubbles in the rock. However, a group of researchers led by Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto, has discovered that Earth's most ancient waters exist in far larger and far older pockets than anyone previously thought.
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AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now past due
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Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the Bylaws. Suspensions will occur on Feb. 15. Payments after Feb. 15 will be charged a $20 late fee. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205.

Click on "Member Login" to pay dues, make a donation and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory or make changes to your record.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
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Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24-25 with an optional field trip on Friday, June 26. The schedule is structured to allow plenty of time to browse and participate in the Energy Exposition. Registration will include "Breakfast and a Movie" both days, lunch and reduced ticket pricing for the Expo dinner on June 25. Click here for additional information on the Energy Exposition. The technical session presentations will be held at the Rimrock Arena within the MetraPark Expo Center, 308 6th Avenue N., Billings, Montana, 59101. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by March 9, 2015.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist (TPG)
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The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, October/November/December 2014 issue is now available online.
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AIPG Directory of Geoscience Products and Services
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AIPG is excited to announce the recent launch of the latest edition of our new online buyer's guide, the Directory of Geoscience Products and Services. This industry-specific search engine efficiently connects your company with geoscience professionals.

Please be aware that you may be contacted by our publishing partner, MultiView, during the coming weeks in order to verify the information currently displayed in your organization's listing. If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to reach out. You may also contact MultiView directly at 1-800-816-6710 or by email at aipg@multiview.com.

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AIPG New Members and Applicants listing
AIPG
Check out the listing of New Members and Applicants from Aug. 8-Oct. 30, 2014.
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Request for award nominations
AIPG
Nominations for awards, accompanied by a supporting statement should be sent via mail (to AIPG, 12000 Washington Street, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134), fax (303-253-9220) or email by Jan. 15 to the AIPG National Headquarters. National awards include the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, the John T. Galey, Sr. Memorial Public Service Award, Honorary Membership and the Outstanding Achievement Award. (Click on each link to go to the award's description.) Click here for AIPG National Awards Nomination Form in pdf.
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AIPG embroidered beanie cap
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A warm, stylish accessory constructed from 100 percent acrylic. This beanie comes in a variety of solid colors, or with a contrasting trim, embroidered with the AIPG logo. Available colors: gray, gray/black, black, black/natural, light pink/white, natural/navy, navy, navy/natural.


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AIPG fleece scarf available
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This fleece scarf provides comfort against the cold breeze. Made of anti-pill polyester, this scarf features a matching whipstitch with an embroidered AIPG logo. Available in black or navy. The price is $11.50, including shipping.


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
Jan. 16 Call for Abstracts due for the 5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop: Site Characterization AIPG Michigan Section
Jan. 31 AIPG Kentucky Section Review and Skills for Professional Geologists Exams Announcements
Feb. 13 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Tucson, Arizona
March 14-21 AIPG Kentucky Section Bahamas Short Course Field Trip Announcements
April AIPG Hydraulic Fracturing Conference TBD
April 11 AIPG Georgia Section Field Trip Southern Ionics Heavy Mineral Mine
June 24-25 2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG Billings, Montana
Sept. 19-22 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section
Sept. 29-30 AIPG Georgia Section: "Innovative Environmental Assessment of Remediation Technology Kennesaw, Georgia
Sept. 9-13, 2016 AIPG 2016 National Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico


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'Super-powered oven' suggests Venus once had continents
Macro Insider
Venus is Earth's terrible-tempered and secretive twin. In spite of becoming comparable to Earth in size and mass, Venus is a noxious pressure cooker with surface temperatures that can melt lead. What's more, it hides its surface in perpetual clouds of sulphuric acid — despite decades of spacecraft visits, no one particular really knows what Venus's surface rocks are produced of. That's beginning to change thanks to a potent oven in a lab in Germany.
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Antarctic pond is 12 times as salty as the Dead Sea
Business Insider
The world's saltiest body of water is tucked away in a valley in one of the most extreme environments on Earth. It rarely snows and never rains in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Winter temperatures can drop to -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit), and the few ponds and lakes in the valleys are capped by ice that is several meters thick. But Don Juan Pond, the ankle-deep pond in the lowest part of Upper Wright Valley, is so salty that its calcium-chloride rich waters rarely freeze.
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Mourne mountains explored for rare Earth elements by geologists
BBC News
Geologists are exploring deposits of rare earth elements found in the Mourne mountains, in County Down, Northern Ireland. Also known as critical metals, they are sought-after materials for the production of high-tech electronics, as well as wind turbines and electric cars. Scientists currently believe the finds are not commercially viable but say they are scientifically significant.
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New study maps coastal Oregon slide hazards
The World
Oregon geologists have found more than 3,000 landslide locations along the Curry County coastline, an area known for landslide issues. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries study identified and mapped existing landslide locations. Because land that has previously slid is more likely to slide again, knowing where landslides have occurred in the past is critical to understanding where landslides may occur in the future.
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Minister: Russia boosts oil reserves by 550 million tons in 2014
Russia & India Report
Russia boosted its hydrocarbon reserves by 550 million tons of oil, 900 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 100 million tons of gas condensate in 2014, Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy said, citing specified data. "The geological sector has maintained its development rates this year," the minister said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Russian geologists have discovered 33 hydrocarbon fields and 53 solid mineral deposits this year, the minister said.
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Great Lakes' water levels cause erosion concern
Science Times
The Great Lakes have been rising over the last two years, putting an end to a decade of lower than average water levels, and creating favorable conditions for both boating and commercial shipping. In fact, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.
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Geologists use sediment cores as a window to the past
Daily Press
When geologists study the history of the Chesapeake Bay or other coastal environments, sometimes they go deep. Literally. Sometimes hundreds of feet deep. They don't plumb the murky depths of the water itself, but the soft subsurface lying beneath. And they do it by drilling or jack-hammering a steel rod or shoving a hand auger or hollow "push core" into a beach or marsh or water bottom, and pulling up sediment samples for analysis.
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