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Geologists warn more fatal earthquakes to come
Newsweek
The untold — and terrifying — story behind the earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25 begins with something that sounds quite benign. It's the ebb and flow of rainwater in the great river deltas of India and Bangladesh, and the pressure that puts on the grinding plates that make up the surface of the planet. Recently discovered, that causal factor is seen by a growing body of scientists as further proof that climate change can affect the underlying structure of the Earth.
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Researchers explain mystery of India's rapid move toward Eurasia 80 million years ago
Phys.org
In the history of continental drift, India has been a mysterious record-holder. More than 140 million years ago, India was part of an immense supercontinent called Gondwana, which covered much of the Southern Hemisphere. Around 120 million years ago, what is now India broke off and started slowly migrating north, at about 5 centimeters per year. Then, about 80 million years ago, the continent suddenly sped up, racing north at about 15 centimeters per year — about twice as fast as the fastest modern tectonic drift.
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Los Angeles' island playground could trigger tsunamis
Live Science via Yahoo News
Landslides coming off Catalina Island's steep slopes could send tsunamis racing toward popular Los Angeles and Orange County beaches with just a few minutes of warning, geoscientists said on April 23 at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America. Researchers discovered chaotic deposits that are characteristic of landslides while probing underwater rocks offshore Catalina Island.
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AIPG 2015 student scholarship winners announced
AIPG
The AIPG National awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to the following undergraduate students: Vanessa Fernandes, Hofstra University, New York; Nathaniel Foote, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Chloe Ivanoff, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska (Sponsored by the AIPG Alaska Section); Hannah Johnson, Kent State University, Ohio; Stephanie Kitowski, University of North Dakota, North Dakota; Taylor Krabiel, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Christopher H. Kremer, Stanford University, California; Eint Kyi, Oberlin College, Ohio; Anna Stanczyk, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska; Jasmine Stefansky, Central Michigan University, Michigan (Sponsored by the AIPG Michigan Section); Kevin Townsley, University of Idaho, Idaho; Franklin Wolfe, and Washington and Lee, Virginia. The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists awarded the AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship of $1,000 to Karen Vyverberg, University of Florida, Florida. Congratulations to all of the winners!
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AIPG call for abstracts: Alaska 2015 National Conference — Deadline is May 18
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 18.
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From the AIPG National Executive Committee
AIPG
AIPG members please be advised that Dr. Robert Stewart is no longer with AIPG headquarters. Recruitment efforts for the position of AIPG Executive Director are currently underway. Former AIPG Executive Director William Siok has agreed to come out of retirement to serve as Interim Executive Director until the search for a new AIPG Executive Director concludes.
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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 Section Newsletters now online
AIPG
  • The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG California Section Newsletter — May 2015
  • The AIPG Ohio Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Nevada Section Newslettter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Illinois-Indiana Section Newsletter — Spring 2015
  • The AIPG Wisconsin Newsletter — Spring 2015

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    AIPG Montana Technical Sessions and 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 use this registration form. Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24-25 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., in Billings, Montana. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please go here to submit an abstract. Presentations/Presenters.
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    AIPG 2015 National Award recipients
    AIPG
    Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal — David M. Abbott, CPG-04570, Denver, Colorado
    Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award — James A. Jacobs, CPG-07760, Mill Valley, California
    Award of Honorary Membership — Dennis Pennington, CPG-04401, Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
    Outstanding Achievement Award — Karl Karlstrom and Laura Crossey, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Awards will be presented at the AIPG National Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 21, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. For award descriptions, past recipients and nomination information, follow the "Read More" link.

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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 windbreaker jacket
    AIPG
    AIPG's lightweight jacket is perfect for spring and summer. It is 100 percent polyester with a locker loop, dyed-to-match zipper, front pouch pockets and elastic cuffs and hem. Available colors: black, red, lime, blue, navy. Available sizes: small-3XLarge.


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    AIPG men's and women's polo shirts
    AIPG
    This Port Authority Men's polo shirt is made with 7-ounce heavyweight pique, 100 percent ring-spun combed cotton, garment washed, welt collar and cuffs, double needle stitched, side vents and horn tone buttons. Embroidered AIPG lettering and pick and gavel in white and gold. Available colors: bark, black, blueberry, burgundy, dark green, faded blue, forest, light blue, navy, orange, pistachio, purple, red, royal, seafoam, steel grey, stone, turquoise, white, yellow. Available sizes: Small-6XLarge.

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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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    Contemporary Geoscientists of China: Xuan-xue MO
    GT & Associates
    Professor Xuan-xue MO was born in Rong Shui, Guangxi province in December 1938. He is the most renowned petrologist in China, a Ph.D. supervisor and professor of the China University of Geosciences. He was elected as academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. He has been the provost of the College of Graduates and vice president of the China University of Geosciences since 1993.
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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Date Event More Information
    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


    Antarctica's Blood Falls are a sign of life below ground
    NewScientist
    VideoBrief Antarctica's Blood Falls are well named. There, the white tongue of the Taylor Glacier is stained crimson, as if the ice itself has been wounded. The iron in the water — which oxidises to give the falls their vivid red colour — comes from the weathering of the bedrock beneath the ice, a process enhanced by microbial action. "This unique feature is much more than a curiosity — it is a portal into the Antarctic subsurface, a hint at what lies beneath," says Jill Mikucki at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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    Axial Seamount: Images of an erupting undersea volcano
    Live Science
    An underwater volcano off the West Coast of North America is showing telltale signs of an eruption, just as scientists had predicted. Motions of the seafloor, accompanied by a series of earthquakes, suggest a large amount of magma was released from Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano located 300 miles off the coast of Oregon. The last time Axial erupted was in 2011. Researchers discovered the eruption by chance, while they were surveying the area for their instruments.
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    Wyoming dinosaur track site digs up a chance discovery
    The Associated Press via The Star-Herald
    Every time Cliff Manuel talks about the amazing dinosaur fossils that have been unearthed near his Shell, Wyoming, home, his wife, Row, makes him recount the discovery of the Red Gulch Dinosaur Track Site in 1997. The couple, along with Manuel's nephew Erik Kvale, who is now a geological adviser for a national energy firm, and two others discovered what is now considered one of the best preserved dinosaur track sites in the world.
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    Unmanned aircraft: the future of meteorology
    KWCH-TV
    VideoBrief When it comes to studying tornadoes, the sky is no longer the limit. Imagine the possibilities that come with flying an unmanned aircraft around a storm to study the ingredients in tornado formation. "It's a potential game changer for the field of meteorology," said Philip Chilson a meteorology professor from Norman, Oklahoma.
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    Scientists say South Downs, England, geology is suitable for fracking
    Mid Sussex Times
    Geologists have published research saying the South Downs in England is one of four national parks which have rocks suitable for fracking. After reviewing existing geological data, scientists at Durham's Department of Earth Sciences highlighted the potential suitability of each of the country's 15 national parks for fracking activity according to their rock type.
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    New Pacific island off Tonga is already 'disappearing' due to rain erosion
    The Telegraph
    A new island that formed in the Pacific after an underwater volcano eruption off Tonga has begun to erode and is "getting smaller". The cone-shaped island — about half a mile wide and just under a mile long — formed in January about 40 miles northwest of Nuku'alofa, the capital, after an eruption at the Hunga Tonga volcano.
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