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Nepal sends geologists to quake-damaged villages to assess landslide risk before monsoon rains
Fox News
Nepal's government has sent geologists to earthquake-damaged mountain villages to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month. Home Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said the geologists went to villages in the districts that were the most affected by the earthquakes. Dhakal said the geologists would check the soil and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated.
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2 new studies of rocks show earliest forms of life in Antarctic ice caves and in South African lava
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Hubert Staudigel, a geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and his collaborators have completed two studies about fossils in volcanic rocks, and the biological activity in some of the Earth's harshest environments. These studies are helping researchers understand how life may have emerged under the physical and chemical conditions that existed on Earth billions of years ago.
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Mapping Mount St. Helens magma progresses, 35 years after eruption
Reuters
Early data collected in a pioneering effort to map the inner workings of Mount St. Helens have provided promising initial insights, 35 years after a massive eruption by the Washington state volcano killed at least 57 people, scientists said on May 18. Further progress is expected soon after readings are collected from more than 70 monitoring devices that ring the mountain, many at high altitudes, which have been inaccessible throughout the winter, they said.
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AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Registration is open
AIPG
Registration is now open for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Click here for meeting details.
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It's official: Geology rocks
The Guardian
A total of 95 percent of geologists in a poll of 220,000 students said they were happy with their degree. It is a hands-on, practical subject. Geologists can often be found with a hammer in one hand and a bottle of hydrochloric acid and compass in the other. But geology also gives students, at an early stage in their studies, the chance to be part of cutting-edge science.
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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. Register by June 5 and save $125. 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 National Executive Committee Meeting and field trip
AIPG
Photos of the meeting and field trip have been posted on the AIPG Facebook page. The meeting was May 15 and the Consequences of Living with Geology Field Trip, with field trip leader David Abbott, was May 16.
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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist is now available online
AIPG
The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, April/May/June 2015, includes AIPG Alaska National Conference information and AIPG 2016-17 National Executive Committee Officer ballot information and ballot enclosed, plus much more!
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US female geoscience enrollments level off
American Geosciences Institute
In Geoscience Currents #102, we examine the trends of U.S. geoscience enrollment by gender. The long-standing trend of increases, both in percent and absolutely, of women as geoscience students has now ended, with the absolute enrollments leveling off, and percentage-based enrollment levels decreasing slightly. Read this Currents to find out more about this new change in geoscience demographics.
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AIPG new members and applicants (January-May)
AIPG
Check out the listing of new AIPG members and applicants from January 29-May 4.
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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 call for abstracts: Alaska 2015 National Conference — Deadline is June 8
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 June 8.
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Attention musically talented geoscientists! Rockslide Rendezvous!
AIPG
Announcing the First Annual Rockslide Rendezvous at the AIPG national conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Bring your guitar, harmonica, fiddle or whatever you play to an open mic jam session following the Awards Dinner and Entertainment on Monday, Sept. 21, at the Hilton Anchorage hotel. No particular proficiency level required or guaranteed. Just come and have fun playing and singing your favorite songs! If you don't play an instrument, singers are greatly encouraged and direly needed to participate. Please join us for an evening of fun and fellowship in Anchorage!
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Advertise to over 15,000
AIPG
Showcase your company! Sign up for a one-year business card-size ad in AIPG's The Professional Geologist publication (four quarterly issues). The TPG Professional Services Directory lists companies with experience and expertise in all phases of geology and is distributed to over 15,000 in the geosciences around the globe. TPG is printed, placed online and emailed. The journal is made available at all the conferences that AIPG hosts and attends. For only $400 (AIPG members) and $500 (nonmembers) it is a great deal!
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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 ladies' fleece vest available
AIPG
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AIPG travel mug available
AIPG
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
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


The US is testing a storm surge warning system for hurricanes
Gizmodo
The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a "surge" for a reason: This isn't a gentle rising of the water level, it's violent and destructive — sometimes more so than the hurricane's winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype storm surge warning system which it hopes will be fully operational in 2017.
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Traces of liquid forms found on Mars
West Texas News
If the latest news reports are to be believed, evidence of water existence on the Red Planet has been found by unmanned searches by NASA and the European Space Agency. Water is the first and foremost requirement for life to exist on any planet, and finding it on Mars is really exciting as it could give rise to existence of many forms of life there.
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Geological goldmine uncovered after Tasmanian lake drained
ABC News
Geologists have been taking advantage of a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to study ancient rock formations after a lake in the Tasmania's north was drained to reveal a Precambrian site. Hydro Tasmania's Lake Rowallan, east of Cradle Mountain, was drained earlier this year as part of an upgrade to the Rowallan power station. The Precambrian rock formations that were exposed are about one billion years old and parts have not been visible in 20,000 years.
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Geologists use lava to cook steak because barbecues are boring
The Huffington Post
Everyone loves a barbecue. With the summer now reluctantly fighting its way through, the desire to get the coals hot and to start cooking is overwhelming. Geologists at the Syracuse University Lava Project have decided to do things a little differently. Instead of the normal coal or gas barbecue, the team have decided to use something altogether far more dangerous but far more exciting: Lava.
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USGA unveils research that could help predict earthquakes
KRON-TV
During a presentation this week, the United States Geological Service unveiled a new technology that could help to predict earthquakes. Geologists have been studying individual fault lines for a long time, but in recent years, they have gained a better understanding how how an earthquake on one fault can trigger quakes on another.
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How will Latin America deal with its hydropower problem
GreenBiz
Climate change impacts on water resources are increasingly affecting the vulnerability of global hydropower generation. Higher temperatures and changing weather patterns are altering evaporation, river flow, rainfall patterns, frequency of extreme weather and glacial melting rates. These effects are compounded by the expected increased water demands for economic and population growth, resulting in greater reduction in the overall available water for many rivers.
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USGS: Strong 6.8-magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands
Bangkok Post
A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early May 23, U.S., geologists said, the third major tremor to hit in three days. But there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued. It is the third day in a row that the Solomons have been rocked by a quake of 6.0-magnitude or higher. A 6.0 magnitude quake struck the islands early May 22, and a 6.9 magnitude tremor occurred the day before
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