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Oxygen, aerobic life found deep beneath the ocean floor
Texas A&M Today
Evidence of oxygen-breathing microbial life has been found in places where scientists did not think life could exist — such as more than 200 feet below the ocean floor that is more than 12,000 feet below sea level in the Pacific Ocean — according to a team of international researchers that includes a Texas A&M University research scientist.
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Ancient ocean linked to supercontinent's breakup
Science News for Students
The breakup of an ancient supercontinent may have been an outside job. That's the conclusion of a scientist who re-examined what tectonic plates were doing around 200 million years ago. Those plates carry the landmasses and seafloors as they move across Earth's syrupy, bendable mantle. The scientist concludes that Pangaea appears to have been ripped apart. And the shrinking of the ancestor of the Indian Ocean may have been all it took to do that, according to a newly published analysis.
Geological study shows huge tsunami hit Cádiz 4,000 years ago
Spanish News Today
A geological study on the beach of Barbate in the province of Cádiz, Spain, has concluded that sedimentary deposits indicate the effects of a huge tsunami around 4,000 years ago, and that another seven massive tidal waves have affected the coast of Andalucí a over the course of the last 7,000 years.
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Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal — David M. Abbott, CPG-04570, Denver, Colorado
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Outstanding Achievement Award — Karl Karlstrom and Laura Crossey, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award — Submittal deadline is June 30
The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500 award for the chapter and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.
AIPG Section Leadership Award — Submittal deadline is May 31
The AIPG Section Leadership Award was established by the Executive Committee in 2013 to recognize one or more of our members who have demonstrated a long-term commitment and have been long-term contributors to AIPG at the section level. AIPG has many sections where one or more individuals have demonstrated exceptional leadership for their section and in many instances kept the section together and moving forward. These individuals are commonly not known at the National level or by AIPG members outside of their sections, however, their contributions have been vital to their sections and they perform this work because of their commitment to our profession and AIPG. The award will consist of a plaque (or similar) that will be presented to the awardees at the banquet of the annual meeting of AIPG.
What types of positions are master's students pursuing?
American Geosciences Institute
The Geoscience Career Master's Preparation Survey (Geo Career MaPS), funded by the National Science Foundation, investigated which types of positions Master's candidates were most likely to pursue. The survey, developed by AGI and AAG, asked faculty which types of positions their advisees have most often accepted post graduation, and asked enrolled students which positions they were interested in pursuing. In addition, these data are compared to what positions non-academic professionals currently hold. The data for this Currents are reported from Geology and Geography departments whose Master's programs are not intended to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D.
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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AIPG call for abstracts — Ohio 2015 Conference
Submit an abstract by March 23. 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 email@example.com or call 303-412-6205. Register online or pdf form | Ad Flyer | Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form
AIPG call for abstracts — Alaska 2015 National Conference
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.
AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
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Curiosity regains use of arm, recommences Mars science
Good news from Mars: Rover Curiosity has regained use of its robotic arm after an electrical glitch forced mission scientists to suspend drilling work at the base of Mount Sharp. On Feb. 27, while using the percussion action in its arm-mounted drill to shake rock powder from the drill to the sample processing device, an abnormal electrical current was detected and Curiosity automatically put itself into safe mode to avoid any potentially crippling damage.
Why are Great Plains a mile high? Colorado geologists have a theory
The Associated Press via The Denver Post
Geologists might finally be able to explain why Denver is a mile high. A new theory suggests that chemical reactions, triggered by water far below the Earth's surface, could have made part of the North American plate less dense many millions of years ago, when the continents we know today were still forming.
Princeton University geologists mapping the Earth's mantle in 3-D
Environmental News Network
Princeton geosciences professor Jeroen Tromp and his team have embarked on an ambitious project to use earthquakes to map the Earth's entire mantle. For the task, his team will use one of the world's fastest supercomputers, Titan, which can perform more than 20 quadrillion calculations per second and is located at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Geophysicists study creep and flow of rivers
What do glass, dirty ice, and riverbeds have in common? All are disordered solids, meaning they have malleable internal structures that can rearrange themselves over time. Scientists know that when force is applied to a disordered solid, structural changes will occur, impacting the material's resistance to flow. Using a custom laboratory apparatus, Penn geophysicists have shown that riverbeds behave similarly, with sediment particles rearranging in response to fluid forces.
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Underwater volcano eruption creates new island in the Pacific Ocean
An eruption from an underwater volcano in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" caused a 1-km wide island to form. Satellite footage from January showed how the island formed, due to an eruption from the Hunga Tonga underwater volcano, near Tonga. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai is a volcano located about 30 kilometers south-southeast of the Tonga Falcon island, located above a very active subduction area, extending from New Zealand north-northeast to Fiji.
Staying power for shale gas
The natural gas boom that transformed the energy picture in the United States in the last decade is still in its infancy, says John Shaw, chair of Harvard's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. Shaw, the Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology and a professor of environmental science and engineering, expects natural gas to continue to displace coal in electricity generation. It is projected to become the nation's largest electricity-generating fuel by 2040.
Naturally acidic waters of Puget Sound surround University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs
University of Washington
For more than 100 years, marine biologists at Friday Harbor Laboratories have studied the ecology of everything from tiny marine plants to giant sea stars. Now, as the oceans are undergoing a historic shift in chemistry, the lab is establishing itself as a place to study what that will mean for marine life. And the University of Washington laboratory is uniquely placed in naturally acidic waters that may be some of the first pushed over the edge by human-generated carbon emissions.
Cosmologists spends month searching for meteorites in Anarctica
Every austral summer, a group of volunteers heads off to a remote region of Antarctica to set up a field camp on the ice. For the next month, they search the ice and nearby debris piles left by glaciers for dark rocks that might be extraterrestrial in origin. The program is called the Antarctic Search for Meteorites. ANSMET has been led for the past 20 years by geologist Ralph Harvey of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Over the years many Washington University in St. Louis geologists, physicists and astrophysicists have volunteered to help.
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