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Southern Alps being pushed up 'shockingly' fast
The New Zealand Herald
New Zealand's Southern Alps are being pushed up by tectonic forces "shockingly" faster than any mountains in the world, in new international findings that have wide ramifications for the Earth's entire carbon cycle. New measurements from the steep mountain tops have shown that rock can transform into soil more than twice as fast as previously believed possible, according to a major study published in leading journal Science.
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Drones offer 360-degree vision for oil-hunting geologists
The Conversation
Geologists are using drones to help extract more resources from the North Sea, using the latest visual technologies to identify oil-bearing rocks. Using an eight-rotor, camera-equipped "octocopter" drone to record rock faces in minute detail, the research team from the Universities of Aberdeen and Bergen in Norway are creating a "Google Earth for geologists."
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Antarctica robot discovers new species of upside-down sea anemone underwater
Tech Times
A strange species of sea anemone that lives upside down and glows orange has been discovered by accident by marine geologists in the icy waters of Antarctica. Its upside-down orientation was not the only one strange about it. Its opaque-white body and what seemed like tentacles also have baffled the scientists. The most mystifying about this particular species is that it lived in burrows dug on the underside of the Ross Ice Shelf.
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AIPG Colorado Section Legislative Reception
AIPG
The reception help educate our legislators on fracking, coal and the mineral/energy industry in Colorado will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, at the University Club. Contact Larry Cerrillo for more information.
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Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
AIPG
The AIPG/AGWT 3nd Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium will be held March 11-12 at the Norris Conference Centers in Houston. Driving directions and information on area hotels are available.
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AIPG 5th Annual Symposium: Call for abstracts
AIPG
AIPG has issued a call for abstracts for its 5th Annual Symposium: Marcellus, Utica, and Point Pleasant Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement, April 16-17, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.
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5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology
AIPG
AIPG Georgia Section's 5th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology will be held April 23-24 at Kennesaw State University. Individual registrations, Exhibitor registrations and Sponsor registrations are open online.
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AIPG-AHS 2014 National Conference
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Join us for the AIPG-AHS 2014 National Conference, Sept. 13-16, 2014, in Prescott, Ariz. The conference will be held at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 855-957-4637.
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AIPG Section Newsletters
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The following section newsletters are now available online:
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Accepting applications for the position of AIPG Executive Director
AIPG
The American Institute of Professional Geologists is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will succeed the current director who has announced his intent to retire. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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AIPG T-shirt: 'Geologists are Gneiss, Tuff and a Little Wacke'
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White T-shirt with AIPG logo on the front and "Geologists are Gneiss, Tuff and a Little Wacke" the on back. The AIPG member price is $23 (includes shipping).


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Super volcano: Self control revealed by synchrotron
Spectroscopy Now
The risk of a supervolcano eruption is, according to geochemical synchrotron X-ray studies carried out by scientists in Europe and Japan almost entirely associated with magma pressure and needs no external trigger. Details are reported in the journal Nature Geosciences this month.

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Jurassic spider: KU scientist discovers largest known arachnid fossil
Lawrence Journal-World
As if dinosaurs weren’t enough to contend with in the world of 165 million years ago, the Jursassic period had other frightful creatures roaming the Earth as well: giant spiders. In fact, a Kansas University researcher recently identified the largest known fossilized spider, a relic of the Middle Jurassic period.

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Ancient map could warn of active volcano
Discovery News
Approximately 9,000 years ago in Anatolia, Turkey, an artist drew what could be the world’s oldest known map, complete with a volcano erupting in the background. A recent discovery of lava rock from that time serves as evidence that the painting may indeed be an early example of both cartography and vulcanology.

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30-year-old data offers new view of Venus
Inside Science News Service
In 2010, the European Space Agency's Venus Express orbiter observed that twice as many hydrogen atoms as oxygen atoms were escaping from Venus into space. This was the first evidence that Venus might once have harbored puddles, pools and even lakes of liquid water on its surface. Now, a new study suggests that Venus could be storing some amount of intact water molecules within its mantle.
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Megafloods may have formed strange rock formations on Earth and Mars
Nature World News
Megafloods likely triggered the creation of unusual rock formations seen both here and on Mars, a new study reveals. Canyons shaped like an amphitheater can be seen near Snake River in Idaho as well as satellite images taken of the Red Planet. In the case of Idaho, the canyons, located in Malad Gorge State Park, are carved into a largely flat plain made up of basalt derived from a hotspot that has been active for the last million years.
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Blood Falls and other natural oddities
CNN
Earth never stops surprising us. Every corner of the planet offers some sort of natural peculiarity. Some of these sites are challenging to get to; others are busy tourist destinations. They keep natural scientists searching for answers and the rest of us astounded by the secrets and mysteries the world continues to reveal.
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Antarctic ice is hiding a super-trench
Gizmodo
The ice sheet that covers Antarctica is ancient, hiding a whole landscape of mountains and valleys that once teemed with life. Using radar and satellite footage, scientists are studying this hidden world — and they just found a canyon that is 3.2 kilometers deep.
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Geologist helps identify dangerous earthquake fault
Phys.org
The discovery of a previously unknown active fault in Nepal means that the Himalayan country's most populated region is at greater risk for life-threatening earthquakes and catastrophic flooding than previously thought, according to newly published research co-authored by a University of Kansas geologist. The work also calls into question long-held views about how the Himalaya and mountain belts in general behave and evolve.
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What massive icebergs tell us about Earth's chilly past
Texas A&M University via Futurity
During the last ice age, giant icebergs broke off from glaciers and surged into the North Atlantic. Called Heinrich events, these surges were previously thought to have weakened the global ocean conveyor belt and sent Earth's climate into a deep freeze. A new study suggests that these events may have been caused by changes in atmospheric circulation patterns.
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