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Scientists begin to demystify giant hole found in Siberian permafrost
The New York Times
After a flood of speculation — meteorite collision, methane explosion related to gas drilling, UFO — following the discovery of a gaping crater in the permafrost near big gas fields on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia, scientists are starting to offer more informed views.
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Geologists reveal how the world's dramatic sandstone formations were created
The Independent
It's long been thought that the arches, columns and bridges of natural sandstone formations were created by years of erosion from wind and rain, but new research suggests that these fantastic shapes are actually the product of gravity. Scientists explain that it's not that erosion doesn't play its part, but that it is the rock's "internal stress fields" — the different areas of pressure caused by weight and gravity — that dictate the final form.
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Study: Japan earthquake has raised pressure below Mount Fuji
The Guardian
The Tohoku — or Great East Japan — earthquake on March 11, 2011, triggered a devastating tsunami. According to a Franco-Japanese study published by Science, the magnitude-9 tremor also increased the pressure on Mount Fuji. "Our work does not say that the volcano will start erupting, but it does show that it's in a critical state," says Florent Brenguier, a researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Grenoble, France, and lead author of the publication.
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Foundation of the AIPG — Young Professional Pilot Program
AIPG
We are facing a potential scarcity of professional geologists in the near future due to the aging of our workforce. This is a product of the surge from the "babyboom" generation that is approaching retirement. AIPG has often discussed this pending human resource shortage and now wants to take steps to attract and keep youngsters in the profession.

One such step is to create a Young Professional Program. The concept of the YPP is to bring together young geoscience professionals in various regions of the country for social interaction, training and networking among themselves and with companies and organizations that employ geologists. The concept is to provide a program that is fun, easy to get to, of short duration, very economical and beneficial to the young geoscientist and employers alike.

The Foundation of the AIPG plans to financially support a Young Professionals Pilot Program that AIPG will design and operate. This YPPP will most likely be in the Denver area. If the pilot shows promise, it can be refined and operated in other locations in the country. Please support the Foundation, AIPG and society with your financial contribution toward this noble effort. For details on how to contribute, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

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Development Committee Members
AIPG
The FAIPG has been in the process of establishing its internal structure and policies, which include the creation of a development arm. The FAIPG seeks a volunteer to become a member of the Foundation and undertake the key role as the Chair of the Development Committee. We are also seeking other volunteers to serve on that committee.

Some have suggested that retired or semi-retired members of AIPG may best be suited for this role, but the FAIPG does not wish to exclude any person with a strong interest. Persons who have been active at the AIPG section level, and/or the national level, may be well suited, especially if such persons have non-profit development experience. However, previous close involvement in AIPG is not a prerequisite. Chairing the development committee will be a challenging, prominent role and very visible to the AIPG community. We ask that you consider filling this important need.

For details, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.

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Foundation of the AIPG — Please join us at the AIPG Annual National Meeting in Prescott, Arizona
AIPG
The FAIPG wishes to be visible, especially to members of AIPG. All members of AIPG are welcome to participate in any FAIPG meeting conducted throughout the year. Please be sure to attend the FAIPG meeting while at the AIPG annual meeting this fall (4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14). You will learn of the foundation's mission to support AIPG and have a chance to meet foundation members and help to support the future of AIPG though FAIPG efforts. For details, please contact John Bognar at 314-660-9968, or john.bognar@geosciencesolutions.net.
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Silent Auction — Sept. 15 at AIPG Awards Dinner
AIPG
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists will hold a silent auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner and social function on Monday, Sept. 15, starting at 6 p.m., at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening dinner function, at about 8:30 p.m.

We hope you will consider a donation to the silent auction to raise funds in support of the Foundation for AIPG programs, scholarships, internships, and various initiatives. Please complete the form with information about your donations (such as mineral/rock specimens, books, antiques or historic items, artwork, jewelry, maps, stay at a vacation home and other things geologic).

The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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2015 AIPG National Executive Officers
AIPG
The AIPG 2015 National Executive Committee officers are:

President: J. Foster Sawyer, CPG-10000
President-Elect: Helen V. Hickman, CPG-07535
Past President: Raymond W. Talkington, CPG-07935
Vice President: J. Todd McFarland, CPG-11348
Secretary: James R. Burnell, CPG-11609
Treasurer: R. Douglas Bartlett, CPG-08433.

The four Advisory Board Representatives will be elected at the AIPG Advisory Board Meeting on Sept. 13 in Prescott, Arizona.

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2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference
AIPG
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Arizona Hydrological Society for the 2014 Water and Rocks, the Foundations of Life National Conference in Prescott, Arizona. Click here for conference details. Registration is open. Contact hours will be available for attending technical sessions and technical field trips.

Click here to register online. You can view a list of presentations/presenters here.

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2014 AGU Fall Meeting
AGU
The AGU Fall Meeting is largest gathering of Earth and space sciences in the world. With nearly 24,000 attendees, this meeting is the best place to get valuable feedback about your science, network with both up-and-coming talent and luminaries in your field, and learn about cutting-edge research tools.

Submit an Abstract by Aug. 6.

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3rd Annual Water Management in Mining: July 28-30
Water Management in Mining Summit
The 3rd Annual Water Management in Mining Summit is a two-day intensive event to be held July 29-30 in Denver, sponsored by Tetra Tech and Environ.

The summit will investigate the regulatory atmosphere, technical methods for dealing with challenges, such as Tailings and Acid Mine Drainage, and also explore the role that varying departments have in the water management process in order to ensure that your mine has a comprehensive and holistic approach to water management.

Join Rio Tinto, U.S. Energy Corp, DeBeers, St. Cloud Mining, Kinross, Imperial Oil, Total, Newmont, Thompson Creek Metals, Consol Energy and more who are attending the summit this July.

To register with a 20-percent discount, contact us at 1-800-882-8684 or via email at enquiryIQPC@iqpc.com.

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AGI photo contest
American Geosciences Institute

Geoscience Students:
Are you proud of all your geoscientific accomplishments? Have you taken any memorable photos of your geoscientific work? If so, we invite you to participate in the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. AGI, in coordination with AGU, GSA and AIPG, are looking for any and all geoscience footage displaying your dedicated efforts and proud work. Any photos that display research, field trips, internships or your experiences as up and coming geoscientists are welcomed. Various prizes from the involved geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first-, second- and third-place photos.

Geoscience Faculty:
This year, AGI is partnering with AGU, GSA and AIPG for the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. We are looking for any and all Geoscience footage displaying your student's dedicated efforts and research. Any photos that show what life as a geoscientist is like are welcome. Various prizes from the involved Geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first-, second- and third-place photos. We request your help in promoting contest participation from your department's students, but faculty entries are encouraged as well.

All photos, with release forms, must be emailed to workforce1@agiweb.org by July 25.

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AIPG T-shirts available
AIPG
The AIPG adult beefy-T is preshrunk to keep its shape and crafted from 100 percent ring-spun cotton for a soft hand with excellent durability. It includes embroidered AIPG lettering with pick and gavel. Available colors: aquatic blue, ash, black, Carolina blue, charcoal heather, daffodil yellow, dark chocolate, deep forest, deep navy, deep red, deep royal, denim blue, gold, kelly green, light blue, light steel, lime, maroon, natural, navy, orange, Oxford gray, pebble, pink, purple, sand, smoke gray, stone-washed green, teal, white and yellow. Available in sizes Small-3XL.


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
July 28-30 3rd Annual Water Management in Mining Water Management in Mining Summit
Aug. 6 Deadline to submit an abstract to the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting Submit now
Aug. 25-27 2014 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Denver URTeC
Aug. 28-Sept. 7 AWG 2014 Canadian Rockies Geology Field Trip, out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Register here; contact Debbie Hanneman for more information
Sept. 13-16 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference Water & Rocks — the Foundations of Life, Prescott, Arizona Register online
Sept. 15 The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists Silent Auction at the AIPG annual meeting awards dinner Complete the form
Dec. 15-19 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco AGU
Sept. 19-22, 2015 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section



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World famous rocks stolen from Northern Ireland
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Project yields sharpest map of Mars surface properties
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NRL reveals new meteorological insight into midlevel clouds
Naval Research Laboratory via Science Codex
Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize midlevel, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds.
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Himalayan geothermal potential untapped
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Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists. According to Jonathan Craig, honorary professor at University College, London, and the University of Jammu, the Puga hot spring area, located at the junction of the Indian and Tibetan plates in Ladakh, has the greatest geothermal energy potential on the Indian subcontinent.
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When a volcano erupts under a glacier, you get a jökulhlaup
Wired
On Saturday October 12, 1918, a massive jökulhlaup erupted from an Icelandic glacier, creating one of the biggest floods ever observed. The jökulhlaup's cause was the explosion of the Katla volcano, whose caldera is buried underneath the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap in southern Iceland. To see how the jökulhlaup altered the landscape, geologists created digital terrain models of the area based on topographic maps made in 1904, 1946, 1960, 1975 and 2007.
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Contemporary Geoscientists of China: Ming-Guo ZHAI
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Professor ZHAI graduated from Northwest University with a degree of geology in 1976, then he continued his studies in the Institute of Geology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for his master and doctoral degrees starting 1979. He has been working in the Institute of Geology and Geophysics since 1982. His position includes researcher, Ph.D. supervisor, key laboratory director and vice president, etc. His interest is mainly concentrated on Precambrian geology and metamorphic rocks.
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A global view of oceanic phytoplankton
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