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Deep diving sub streams live from unexplored ocean
While we think of the cosmos as being full of mystery, there are plenty of unexplored places remaining on our own planet — under the oceans. Only about 5 percent of the Earth's sea floor has been explored. But now, thanks to a robotic submarine deployed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship Okeanos Explorer, we'll all be able to go online and take a peek at some of that unknown territory in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
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Did a giant asteroid impact make Earth's rock crust splash like water?
Over 65 million years ago, when a six-mile wide asteroid slammed into the earth with the force of a billion atomic bombs, it left a crater 110 miles wide. The Chicxulub crater, just off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is best known for being the landing site of the massive asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. But it is also one of the larger and better preserved impact craters on earth. Next year, geologists plan to drill into the crater just off the coast and get a better look at how the crater actually formed right after the giant impact.
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Brontosaurus is back — New research puts the genus back into the spotlight
Just like Pluto, the iconic dinosaur genus was demoted decades ago and classified under another sauropod genus. But a more sophisticated taxonomy recently published by researchers in the U.K. and Portugal warrants a revisit of the shelved, but never forgotten Brontosaurus.
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AIPG call for abstracts deadline extended for 2015 Energy Exposition — Registration is open
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 April 13. List of Presentations/Presenters.
New AIPG Student Chapter: University of St. Thomas
We welcome our newest AIPG Student Chapter: University of St Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Chapter Sponsor: Sara Nelson, MEM-2505 and Faculty Sponsor: Jeni McDermott. 2015 Officers: President: Malia Foster, SA-6357; Vice President: Lauren Mitchell, SA-6435; Secretary: Chelsea Brundrett, SA-6473; and Treasurer: Bryce Werner, SA-6419. University of St. Thomas — College of Arts and Sciences Geology. Click here for complete listing of AIPG Student Chapters. AIPG Student Membership is free. Sign up online. Start a chapter at your university — AIPG Student Chapters Manual (pdf).
Preparation and importance of nontechnical skills
American Geosciences Institute
Geoscience Currents #101 reports data on the preparation and importance of nontechnical competencies taught and learned in Geology and Geography Master's degree programs. In AGI's and AAG's Geoscience Career Master's Preparation Survey, faculty were asked how prepared they feel their Master's students are regarding 28 different non-technical competencies. Similarly, students were asked how prepared they feel regarding these competencies. These data are compared with how important these competencies are in Master's-degree holding non-academic professionals' current occupations. This Currents disseminates information about five of the 28 competencies.
Ohio 2015 Conference — Registration is open
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 hotel reservations call 1-800-HOLIDAY, and be sure to use the group code (AIPG 2015 Shale Conference or 1206737) to receive the discounted conference rate of $89 per night, which has been extended until April 15. List of Presentations/Presenters. 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 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.
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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. Available sizes: Small-2XLarge. (An additional $1.50 will be added for 2XL.) The AIPG member price is $23. (Price includes shipping.)
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||AIPG Kentucky Section: Unconventional Hydrocarbon (Gas-Shale) Exploration and Production in Kentucky — Technical Session
||AIPG Kentucky Section: Unconventional Hydrocarbon (Gas-Shale) Exploration and Production in Kentucky — Field Trip
||AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin
||AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting
||An Introduction to Surficial Geology in Massachusetts and the Geologic History of Cape Cod
||5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop — Site Characterization
||Roscommon County, Michigan
||2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG
||AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska
||Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section
||AIPG Georgia Section: "Innovative Environmental Assessment of Remediation Technology
|Sept. 9-13, 2016
||AIPG 2016 National Conference
||Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ocean acidification from atmospheric carbon caused largest mass extinction in history
Headline & Global News
New research suggests ocean acidification and volcanic activity caused the most dramatic mass extinction in history. The devastating extinction took place 252 million years ago, and killed off 90 percent of marine speices and over two-thirds of the animals present on land, the University of Edinburgh reported. The event occurred when the Earth's oceans absorbed giant amounts of carbon dioxide emitted by volcanic eruptions.
New magnetic field detector could improve medical imaging
Nature World Report
A new magnetic field detector has been developed by a team from MIT that they claim is 1,000 times more efficient than previous models. Measuring magnetic fields is fascinating for both geologists and those in the medical field. MIT's new laser-based magnetic field detector is said to allow for much more in depth geological exploration and medical imaging.
Electrifying new map charts lightning bolts
Live Science via The Christian Science Monitor
Every second, as many as 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth. Now, a new map reveals a tally of those flashes over the last two decades, tracing where they strike the planet each year.
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Scientists to live stream 6-month expedition to study oil spill effects on coral reefs, underwater life
It's been nearly five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico wreaked havoc on the ecosystem, damaging plants and other life deep in the sea. Recently, a team of scientists launched an historic six-month research project to study the effects of the spill and to discover other activity on the ocean floor. The scientists will be live streaming their entire expedition, 24/7 for the next six months.
The 'Gateway To Hell': Geologists baffled by fiery pit which opens up on Chinese mountain
Geologists have been left baffled by this extraordinary fiery hole, which has opened up on the side of a Chinese mountain. The small hole has been glowing bright orange due to its intense heat since it was spotted recently by builders and villagers in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Ambitious project to harness rare minerals unveiled
The Siberian Times
An ambitious project to harness precious rare earth minerals in the Russian Far East has been announced more than 50 years after they were first discovered. One of the biggest deposits in the world was located in Tomtor, in the Sakha Republic, in 1959 but with no demand for them at the time — and no infrastructure to develop the site — no production was ever started. Now, though, with a growing market for the ore, particularly in China, plans have been unveiled to finally begin extracting the minerals.
A new beginning for baby mosasaurs, thanks to Yale research
Researchers at Yale University and the University of Toronto have discovered a new birth story for a gigantic marine lizard that once roamed the oceans. Thanks to recently identified specimens at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, paleontologists now believe that mighty mosasaurs — which could grow to 50 feet long — gave birth to their young in the open ocean, not on or near shore.
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