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NASA spacecraft making 1st visit to dwarf planet Ceres
The Associated Press via ABC News
A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. On March 6, the Dawn craft will slip into orbit around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit captures, the arrival won't be a nail-biter. Still, Dawn had to travel some 3 billion miles to reach the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Geologists discover 'hidden' volcano in western Colombia
Colombia Reports
Colombian geologists said on Feb. 23 that they have discovered a previously unknown and "potentially dangerous" volcano in the west of the country. According to the Colombian Geological Service, the volcano was discovered near the village of Florencia in the Caldas state. The volcano was baptized "El Escondido," Spanish for The Hidden One.
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Fossil 'swim tracks' from Early Triassic remain perfectly preserved
Tech Times
Fossil tracks created in the Early Triassic period remain nearly perfectly preserved over hundreds of millions of years, to our present day. The excellent condition of many of these features have puzzled scientists, uncertain of how the fossils survived intact to our modern age.
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AIPG NEWS


AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist
AIPG
The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, January/February/March 2015 — Student themed issue is now available online. We now have a new digital e-pub available. Let us know what you think and if you have any comments or suggests. Email us at aipg@aipg.org.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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  • The AIPG Ohio Section Newsletter — February 2015
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    AIPG call for abstracts — Ohio 2015 Conference
    AIPG
    AIPG Conference on The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources — The role of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Development of the Utica, Marcellus and other Devonian Shales of the Appalachian Basin with Ohio's Geology in Core and Outcrop Short Course and Field Trip. The conference is being held April 27-29, in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations are on April 28 and 29 with a half day short course and a half day field trip on April 27. Co-hosted by the AIPG Ohio Section. Sponsors and Exhibitors are welcome. For additional information contact Cathy Duran at cld@aipg.org or call 303-412-6205. Register online or pdf form | Ad Flyer | Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form
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    AIPG call for abstracts — Alaska 2015 National Conference
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    Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Annual National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska! Present and attend the technical sessions on Sept. 21-22. The technical session presentations will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS. The room rate is $137. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by May 4.
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    AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
    AIPG
    Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Register online or fill out the registration form. Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24th-25th with an optional field trip: Transect Across the Beartooth Mountains Front Laramide Triangle Zone: Dean, Montana to The Golf Course. Trip leader: Ennis Geraghty, Senior Project Geologist, Stillwater Mining Company 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. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by March 9.
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    AIPG expandable briefcase
    AIPG
    The AIPG Expandable Briefcase has the AIPG logo, durable 600 denier polyester fabric and a large, padded main compartment with a laptop sleeve. It contains an organizational panel under the flap with a front slip pocket, a large zippered pocket in the front flap, detachable, adjustable, padded shoulder strap and a dual buckle closure on the front. Available in black, chili red, forest green, navy and twilight blue.


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    AIPG tall cafe 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.


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    AIPG lapel pin/tie tack
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    AIPG lapel pin/tie tack available. Colors: blue, red and gold.


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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    March 14-21 AIPG Kentucky Section Bahamas Short Course Field Trip Announcements
    April 11 AIPG Georgia Section Field Trip Southern Ionics Heavy Mineral Mine
    April 27-29 AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin Columbus, Ohio
    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


    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Pioneering Scripps Oceanography geochemist to receive top field honor
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    The Geochemical Society has announced that it will present Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Distinguished Professor Miriam Kastner with the V.M. Goldschmidt Award, the highest honor in the field of geochemistry. Kastner, who joined Scripps in 1972 as only the second female professor in the institution's history, significantly advanced the understanding of the function of fluids in Earth's crust and their influence on motions at continental margins.
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    Geologists press for better maps to avoid 'the next Oso'
    The Seattle Times
    In all the meetings, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions he's participated in since the Oso landslide, University of Washington geotechnical engineer Joe Wartman has heard the same question posed in different ways: Where are the other Osos? Which other slopes have the potential to collapse with the kind of deadly force that left 43 people dead in Snohomish County last spring? As the anniversary of the slide approaches, Wartman and other experts are doing their best to keep a spotlight on the issue and ensure that lessons learned in the tragedy are translated into action.
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    Study provides new understanding of geyser mechanics
    Sci-News.com
    Approximately 1,000 geysers exist around the world — half of them in Yellowstone — and all are located in active or formerly active volcanic areas. Water from the surface trickles downward and gets heated by hot magma, eventually, perhaps decades later, rising back to the surface in the form of hot springs, mud pots and geysers. Why geysers erupt periodically, some with a regularity you can set a clock by, has piqued the interest of many scientists.
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    Water in smog may reveal pollution sources
    University of Utah via Phys.org
    The chemical signature of water vapor emitted by combustion sources such as vehicles and furnaces has been found in the smoggy winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City. The discovery may give researchers a new tool to track down the sources of pollutants and climate-changing carbon dioxide gas.
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    Powerful undersea earthquake shakes southern Indonesia
    The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
    A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of southern Indonesia on Feb. 27, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake had a magnitude of 7.0 and hit the Flores Sea about 82 miles north of the town of Nebe. It said it was centered far under the Earth's surface at a depth of 342 miles.
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    How nitrogen is recycled in the Lake Tahoe ecosystem's food web
    University of California-San Diego via Phys.org
    A Scripps Institution of Oceanography-led study on how natural and man-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic blue lake. Lake Tahoe's nitrogen concentration is one of several factors that helps maintain its crystal clear waters. To keep Tahoe blue in the future, the researchers say it's important to keep a close eye on the nitrogen balance in the ecosystem over time.
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    New webpage details Rutgers' proposed seismic study
    The SandPaper
    New content on the Rutgers University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences website details the seismic survey slated for 15 to 50 miles southeast of Barnegat Inlet this summer, pending successful completion of the National Science Foundation environmental compliance process.
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