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Meteorites from moon-forming planet collision 'could provide Holy Grail of primordial Earth'
International Business Times
Stony meteorites could hold secrets about our primordial planet, giving an insight into Earth's history before it collided with another huge object to form the moon. Using data analysis and numerical modelling, scientists have been able to find a record of the giant collision to estimate the moon's age to 4.47 billion years — in line with previous estimates. However, their findings also have wider implications for traces of this event still being present in meteorites.
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Research project to improve weather forecasting for offshore operation safety
OffshoreTechnology.com
Global energy companies, including Chevron Australia, Shell Australia, Woodside and INPEX will jointly fund a $2.48 million research project aimed at improving offshore safety and advancing tropical cyclone forecasting in Northern Australia. The results derived from the research are likely to boost tropical cyclone response planning and public weather forecasting services, which will help in minimizing disruptions to operations.
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Fire and ice: Studies reveal ancient climate extremes
Business Spectator
Climate scientists don't just rely on computer models and contemporary observations to understand the intimate relationship between CO2 in the atmosphere and environmental conditions on Earth. They also look to the ancient past — and two reports in recent days have made it clear how intimate that relationship is.
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Ohio 2015 Conference — Still time to register
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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. List of Presentations/Presenters. Register online or pdf form | Ad Flyer | Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form
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AIPG Section Newsletters now online
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  • The AIPG Michigan Section Newsletter — April 2015
  • The AIPG Illinois-Indiana Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
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    AIPG call for abstracts deadline extended to April 30 for 2015 Energy Exposition — Registration is open
    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 April 30. List of Presentations/Presenters.
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    AIPG call for abstracts — Alaska 2015 National Conference
    AIPG
    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 Student Chapter of the Year Award — Submittal deadline is June 30
    AIPG
    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.
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    AIPG Section Leadership Award — Submittal deadline is May 31
    AIPG
    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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    AIPG rapid dry polo shirts for ladies and men
    AIPG
    Men's Polo: The fabric wicks moisture away from the body to the surface where it evaporates, keeping you comfortable and dry. Available colors: burgundy, charcoal, classic navy, court green, dandelion, dark green, jet black, light blue, papaya, red, royal, seafoam, white. Available sizes: small-6XL.


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    AIPG luggage grips
    AIPG
    Show off your AIPG membership with this neon foam identifier that wraps around the luggage strap for quick ID on a bustling carousel of bags. This 2"h x 5 5/8"w x 5/8"d gripper also cushions business portfolio handles and stays secure with a Velcro® closure. Available in the following colors: red, blue, neon orange, neon green. The price is $6 for AIPG members. Shipping is included in the cost.
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    AIPG lapel pin
    AIPG
    The AIPG lapel pin is two tone blue and measures three-quarters of an inch in diameter.


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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    April 27-29 AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin Columbus, Ohio
    May 15-16 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Thornton, Colorado
    June 2-3 An Introduction to Surficial Geology in Massachusetts and the Geologic History of Cape Cod Bourne, Massachusetts
    June 16-17 5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop — Site Characterization Roscommon County, Michigan
    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


    Ecosystem blueprints could help restore destroyed environments
    Popular Science
    Restoring environments after human intrusion or natural disasters is complicated: There's still much we don't know about the interplay of microbes and mammals, aquifers and air pollution. But geologist Jess Peláez thinks the solution is as simple (and as complex) as cataloging our ecosystems, one at a time.
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    Fossils from the the Triassic period uncovered in Pennsylvania
    The Reporter
    With the help construction crews from Allan A. Myers, Ed Simpson and his team of geologists from Kutztown University have uncovered several fossils dating back 220 million years ago to the latter half of the Triassic period, the geologic period that saw the earliest dinosaur precursors, known as dinosaur morphs, before giving way to the Jurassic period. Unlike other areas across the country, geologists like Simpson often rely on construction teams to do the legwork for them to get to the rock layers beneath the soil.
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    Submarine volcanoes: Expedition sheds light on eruptions
    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Havre volcano forms part a chain, known as the Kermadec Arc, which runs north of Auckland, in New Zealand. Little is known about this very deep volcano, more than 700 meters below sea level. It last erupted in 2012, a relatively rare event that has prompted 17 scientists from 11 institutions and five countries to set off on an expedition to study Havre's eruption products and new volcanic architecture.
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    Researchers to drill below the Chicxulub Crater off the Yucatecan Coast
    The Yucatan Times
    A team of scientists, led by experts of the University of Texas at Austin, will drill off the coast of Yucatan, Mexico, to take core samples from the crater of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. The rock samples obtained from the expedition will be used to further the study of the evolution of life on earth as well as the formation process of impact craters, said Sean Gulick, a researcher at The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics.
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    YouTube graffiti videos track cave water
    BBC News
    Scientists are using YouTube videos to study a spectacular cave just outside Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Groundwater fills Dahl Hith, and it has become a popular weekend bathing spot for city residents wanting to cool off in this super-arid region. And after decades of decline because of abstraction for nearby irrigation, the water levels are now rising. Researchers have tracked this return by documenting cave-wall graffiti in the online movies posted by bathers.
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    What is the smell of rain?
    EarthSky
    Australia's national science agency — the CSIRO — has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the past 86 years of research, from polymer banknotes to insect repellent and the world-changing Wi-Fi. But it can also lay claim to something a little more esoteric — it actually invented a whole new word: "petrichor." It's used to describe the distinct scent of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it's the name of an oil that's released from the Earth into the air before rain begins to fall.
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    Austin Exploration announces 3-D seismic program underway in Colorado
    OilVoice
    Austin Exploration announced a 3-D seismic program is underway at the Company's Pathfinder property in Colorado. Austin is adding another prospecting tool to its established geochemistry, geophysics and 2-D seismic capability — a 3-D seismic "Zig-Zag" exploratory tool — starting in section 18 and sequentially progressing northwest and southeast on its property as further development occurs.
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