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Earth's ancient magnetic field just got a lot older
Nature
Earth developed a magnetic field at least four billion years ago, the latest research shows — more than half a billion years earlier than thought. The work is a major step forward in understanding when and how Earth began to evolve into its modern form. An ancient magnetic field could have made the 500-million-year-old planet more hospitable to life, by preventing the Sun's powerful solar wind from stripping away the atmosphere.
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Expedition to drill through floating Greenland glacier, transmit 1st ocean data from underneath
UDaily
University of Delaware researchers are part of an international research team that plans to drill through a floating Greenland glacier to capture the first-ever measurements of the ocean conditions underneath. Petermann Glacier is one of the two largest remaining glaciers in Greenland that terminate in floating shelves. The glacier connects the great Greenland ice sheet directly with the ocean.
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Study says Washington, DC, sinking into the sea
The Burlington Free Press via USA Today
New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Vermont shows that the land in Washington, D.C. — where the Lincoln Memorial was built on silt dredged from the Potomac River — is expected to fall 6 inches or more during the next 100 years, raising flood fears and adding to worries about the effect of rising sea levels on low-lying cities across the U.S.
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AIPG 52nd Annual Conference: Early Bird registration prices extended
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Register for AIPG's 52nd Annual Conference, "Fire & Ice," Sept. 19-22, in Anchorage, Alaska. Register online or use the registration form. Early Bird registration has been extended. Save $100. Click here for meeting details. The presentation schedule is now online.
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New student chapter — University of Kentucky
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University of Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky; Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Freeman; Chapter Sponsor from Section: Bill Brab, CPG; Founded July 2015; Student Chapter Officers: President — Thomas Murrell, SA-6729; Vice President — Matthew Cecil, SA-6728; Secretary — Alicia Solomon, SA-6003; Treasurer — Darion Carden, SA-6827. For a complete list of student chapters, click here.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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    AIPG executive director position announcement
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    The American Institute of Professional Geologists is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The position is to be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is vetted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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    8th Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe Sept. 28-30, London, UK
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    Time is getting tight to register for this major international conference in Petroleum Geology and Subsurface understanding. It marks a major milestone being 50 years since the first U.K. North Sea discovery — the gas field West Sole. The event will cover the North Sea and surrounding onshore areas, as well as exploration frontiers in the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea. Register now.
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    Alaska state team assesses oil reservoir potential on west side of Cook Inlet
    Alaska Dispatch News
    Having indications of a petroleum system and being the site of some exploration drilling in the early 1900s, the Iniskin Peninsula on the west side of Alaska's Cook Inlet has long intrigued oil explorers. And, as part of a multiyear program of research into the geology of Cook Inlet, led by Alaska's Division of Geological and Geophysical Services, a team of geologists has been conducting field studies in and to the north of the peninsula. DGGS has now published the results of fieldwork that the team conducted in 2014.
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    World's largest climate research site pilots integrated modeling
    Phys.org
    The next generation of equipment is coming to the world's largest climate research facility, the Southern Great Plains field measurement site near Lamont, Oklahoma. Managed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the site will see four profiling modules and two new radars installed by September 2016. The instruments will soon support integrated modeling of clouds, aerosols and the Earth's surface. Rather than examining these factors in isolation, SGP scientists are interested in probing coupled interactions.
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    Scientists may mount research expedition to an active underwater volcano in Caribbean
    Rhode Island Public Radio
    Scientists at the University of Rhode Island may mount a research expedition to the most active underwater volcano in the Caribbean Sea. Disaster management authorities there have been on alert for more than a week. Earthquakes have been recorded around the area of the volcano known as Kick'Em Jenny off the coast of the island of Grenada, indicating a potential eruption.
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    Geology of the Pilanesberg Ring Dike complex
    Phys.org
    While big game animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and water buffaloes draw most visitors to South Africa's Pilanesberg National Park, the land these animals live on is just as compelling. Pilanesberg is located in one of the world's largest and best preserved alkaline ring dike complexes — a rare circular feature that emerged from the subterranean plumbing of an ancient volcano.
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    Mother Lode Geology: An ocean trench
    Calaveras Enterprise
    A lanky, veteran geologist with Condor Earth Technologies of Columbia in Tuolumne County, California, John Kramer specializes in hydrogeology. He lives in nearby Vallecito, once a thriving Gold Rush town in Calaveras County but now a quiet rural residential community. Kramer was describing a long-inactive earthquake fault zone that research has traced from north of Downieville, on the North Fork of the Yuba River in Sierra County, all the way south to Mariposa, more than 250 miles in all.
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    10 memes only a geologist should understand (but others might, too)
    Silicon Republic
    Geologists explore the myriad processes that shape the Earth, establishing what's behind climate change, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. Attempting to put order on what’s underfoot, geologists list, document and try to establish the age of stones, faults, mountains and more. It requires patience, the ability to diligently take notes — lots of notes — and an investigatory mind. But here are a few memes and videos that, hopefully, geologists find a bit funny.
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