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The dawn of plate tectonics
Science/AAAS
A journey to the Mariana Trench, the deepest crevice on Earth’s surface, reveals the great Pacific tectonic plate descending deep into the planet where it recycles back into mantle rock. This recycling of old tectonic plate, called subduction, drives plate tectonics and is nothing new to scientists, but exactly when the process got started is a hot debate. A new study may put that to rest by unmasking a sequence of 4.4-billion-year-old lavas as the remnants of the first subduction zone on Earth.
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Donation request for AIPG 2014 Student Scholarships
AIPG
The deadline for student applications for AIPG National Student Scholarships has passed. AIPG has received a record number 45 completed applications this year. Applications have been received from all over the United States. Scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each will be based on the content and creativity of the essays as judged by the AIPG Education Committee. Because of the large number of applicants this year, the Executive Committee would like to award additional scholarships, but requires additional funds to do so.
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Alaska State Geologist recruitment
AIPG
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources seeks to fill the vacant full-time exempt Chief Geologist position within the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys. This position serves as the State Geologist in Fairbanks, Alaska and oversees the operations of the Division. Detailed qualifications material is available upon request by contacting the Commissioner's Office via email at dnr.commissioner@alaska.gov. Inquiries about the duties, requirements and compensation associated with the position should be directed to this email address or via telephone to John Crowther at 907-269-8431. Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 28.
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AIPG/AGWT 3rd Oil & Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
AIPG
This conference, March 11-12 in Houston, will showcase water use and treatment technologies and water re-use opportunities related to oil and gas development and operations. Technical information-exchange conference for professionals involved with water issues, energy development and hydraulic fracture technology. Register online today. We still have exhibit space available — Exhibitor Form|Exhibitors.
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AIPG quarterly journal
AIPG
The January/February/March 2014 student-themed issue of The Professional Geologist and e-article are now available online. All past issues are also available.
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Marcellus, Utica and Point Pleasant Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement — April 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio
AIPG
Join AIPG and the Ohio Section of AIPG for this conference. It is structured to allow consideration and ample discussion of the most crucial aspects of the hydrofracturing process as it pertains to gas production in shale and other tight formations. Registration is available online or via form. Exhibitors and Sponsors are welcome!
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New AIPG student chapter: Florida State University
AIPG
Welcome! The AIPG Student Chapter — Florida State University, Faculty Sponsors: David Farris; Chapter Sponsor and AIPG FL Section President: Anne Murray, CPG; Student Chapter Officers: President, Taylor Murray, SA-4283; Vice President, Kirstyn Cataldo, SA-4719; Secretary, Elsa Portanyi, SA-5110, and Treasurer, Becca Garrett, SA-4720.
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Volunteers needed at AIPG booths
AIPG
AIPG will have a booth at the following meetings this year. If you are attending any of these meetings please stop by and say hello or if you would like to volunteer to help staff the booth please contact the office at 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org.
  • Feb. 23-26 — SME, Salt Lake City
  • March 23-25 — GSA, Lancaster, Pa.
  • April 9-11 — GSA, Blacksburg, Va.
  • April 24-25 — GSA, Lincoln, Neb.
  • May 19-21 — GSA, Bozeman, Mont.

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AIPG Colorado Section Legislative Reception
AIPG
The reception, 5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 27, will help educate our legislators on fracking, coal and the mineral/energy industry in Colorado.
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AIPG/AGWT 3rd Oil & Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
AIPG
This conference, March 11-12 in Houston, will showcase water use and treatment technologies and water re-use opportunities related to oil and gas development and operations. Technical information-exchange conference for professionals involved with water issues, energy development and hydraulic fracture technology. Register online today.
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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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4th Annual Workshop on: The Groundwater / Surface Water Interface — Characterization, Evaluation and Compliance
AIPG
The Fourth Annual AIPG Workshop (technical conference), July 17-18, in Roscommon, Mich., features the Groundwater/Surface Water Interface (GSI) pathway. Keynote speaker, Jon Allan, Director of the DEQ's Office of the Great Lakes will address the importance of Michigan's water resources.
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2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
AIPG
2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference, "Water & Rocks — the Foundation of Life," will be held Sept. 13-16, at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center in Arizona. The cost is $119. The event is hosted by AIPG National and AHS and co-hosted by the AIPG Arizona Section.
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2 new store items available: Tall cafe mug and steel travel mug
AIPG
This tall 16 oz. cobalt blue cafe mug has a glossy finished exterior with an easy to hold handle. It is safe in the microwave and features the AIPG logo in microwavable metallic gold. AIPG Member Price is $15.50 (includes shipping in U.S.) Click here to order online.

AIPG now offers this 18-ounce stainless steel travel mug, with blue color grip and slider spill-proof lid mechanism. The price is $14 for AIPG members (includes shipping). Click here to order online.

    

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Confirmed: Oldest fragment of early Earth is 4.4 billion years old
LiveScience via Fox News
Scientists just took one of geology's biggest controversies and shrunk it down to atomic size. By zapping single atoms of lead in a tiny zircon crystal from Australia, researchers have confirmed the crystal is the oldest rock fragment ever found on Earth at 4.375 billion years old, plus or minus 6 million years. Confirmation of the zircon age holds enormous implications for models of early Earth.

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New clues to predicting volcanic eruptions
ABC Science
Volcanoes are more likely to erupt when their magma is hot, liquid and runny, according to a new study. The research means the detection of large amounts of liquid magma in a volcano, implies an eruption may be imminent, according to one of the study's authors, Dr. Adam Kent of Oregon State University.

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Scientists say they've discovered the true source of world's largest river
National Geographic
The origin of the world's largest river — by volume — has been surprisingly hard to pin down. Explorers and scientists have argued over where to locate the start of the Amazon River since at least the mid-1600s, with no fewer than five rivers in southwestern Peru given the honor over the years. Now the authors of a study published in the journal Area say they've located the mighty river's true source.

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Shale gas is continuing to grow, and bringing along new resin projects
Plastics News
More natural gas — a key plastic resin precursor — is expected to flow from Ohio. Natural gas from the Utica and other numerous shale-based fields throughout North America have prompted major resin makers to announce expansion projects for the first time in more than a decade. Most of these projects will be on the U.S. Gulf Coast, but some have been proposed for Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Ohio.
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The Geologic challenges of the Alpine Areas at the Sochi Olympics
Scientific American
The Krasnaya Polyana mountain area in Sochi provided engineers with several geologic challenges in bringing us the facilities necessary for the alpine and Nordic events. The site for the alpine events is the Aibga Ridge on the Roza Khutor Plateau. The Mzymta River flows through the valley below, and the area is dissected by many tributary streams.
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Fish may hold key to hurricane forecasts
Arizona Daily Star
They're called ocean weathermen. More than 750 sharks, tarpon, tuna and billfish, fitted with satellite-linked tags, are providing scientists with data on temperature and salinity at various depths in the Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean. It's information they hope could someday be used to improve hurricane forecasts, since a storm's strength largely depends on how much warm water it will encounter.
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With study of asbestos, geologists take on key health problem
LiveScience
A new breed of geologists is going beyond traditional fields and studying the connection between living organisms and earth materials. Steven Lower and Eric Taylor are part of this new breed. While Taylor, now a professor at Kent State University, was a doctoral student in Lower's Ohio State University lab, the two embarked on a study to discover the molecular mechanism driving mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer that affects the lung, chest cavity and the lining of the abdomen.
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