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Geologists uncover new mineral
Autralian Mining
Geologists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a new mineral, which they have named qingsongite. The uniqueness of qingsongite is that it's the first boron mineral that was found to be formed at extreme conditions in deep earth.
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Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser roars to life for 1st time in 8 years
NBC News
Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupted for the first time in eight years on the afternoon of July 31, drenching delighted viewers who stood in the spray from the safety of a nearby boardwalk. The unexpected blast occurred at 7:30 p.m. MDT, shooting water and steam 200 to 300 feet into the air. The spectacular display lasted nine minutes.
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BARNETT SHALE MODEL-1: Study develops decline analysis, geologic parameters for reserves, production forecast
Oil & Gas Journal
A comprehensive study of the reserve and production potential of the Barnett shale integrates engineering, geology, and economics into a numerical model that allows for scenario testing based on several technical and economic parameters. In its base case, the study forecasts a cumulative 45 tcf of economically recoverable reserves from the Barnett, with production declining predictably to about 900 bcf/year by 2030 from the current peak of about 2 tcf/year.
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Volunteers needed to staff booth
AIPG
AIPG has the opportunity to exhibit at the 2013 GCAGS Convention, Oct. 6-8, in New Orleans. AIPG National needs member support for setting up the booth and staffing on exhibitor days. If you are interested in helping with the booth, please respond to aipg@aipg.org or call Vickie Hill at AIPG National Headquarters 303-412-6205 by Aug. 23.
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Mark your calendar
AIPG
AIPG will have a booth at the following meetings this year. If you are attending any of these meetings please stop by and say hello or if you would like to volunteer to help staff the booth please contact the office at 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org. We appreciate and thank those members that have volunteered to help.
  • Aug. 12-14 — URTeC, Denver
  • Aug. 12-15 — NCSL, Atlanta
  • Oct. 27-30 — GSA, Denver
  • Feb. 23-26, 2014 — SME, Salt Lake City

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AIPG's 50th anniversary mouse pad
AIPG
Order your AIPG 50th anniversary mouse pad today! The AIPG member price is $10.50, including shipping.

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Register for the AIPG 50th Annual Meeting
AIPG
The American Institute of Professional Geologists' 50th Annual Meeting, "Geology Serving Society: Energy Independence, Mineral and Water Resources, and Geologic Education," will be Oct. 23-26, in Broomfield, Colo. This conference is designed to exploit Colorado's unique geologic setting. Ten field trips have been organized — with of one them venturing underground — plus several guest trips and a short course. Register now.
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AIPG silent auction
AIPG
A silent auction to benefit the AIPG Foundation will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Meeting in Broomfield, Colo. Please donate any interesting books, specimens, geological memorabilia, etc. to this auction. Donors will be able to deduct the value of the items they donate and purchasers will be able to deduct their purchases because the AIPG Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Click here for more details or contact the office at 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org.
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AIPG Executive Director search
AIPG
The American Institute of Professional Geologists has initiated a search for an Executive Director to succeed the current Director who will retire in 2014. AIPG is a professional geoscience society with a membership of nearly 7,000 and a dedicated staff of seven at its headquarters in Thornton, Colo.
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Stinky whale clumps, now in fossil form
Sience/AAAS
Rocky lumps found eroding from ancient clay-rich sediments in Italy may be the first known fossils of ambergris, a fragrant and flammable substance produced in the intestines of sperm whales. What's more, according to a new study, the large number of lumps discovered within a very small area hints that these fossils may be all that's left of a mysterious mass die-off of the giant creatures.

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Geologists use Mos Espa set in Tunisia to track shifting desert landscape
The Force.net
The dusty Tatooine city of Mos Espa may have been abandoned for several years, but Anakin Skywalker's old stomping grounds are serving a new purpose for scientists who have published a paper about the behavior of migrating sand dunes in the Tunisian desert. A group of geologists are using satellite photos of the stationary set to track the barchans' movement.

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USGS geologist honored for contributions to better understanding the Grand Canyon
National Parks Traveler
A research geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey has been honored by the Geological Society of America for work that helps explain how and when the Grand Canyon and the lower Colorado River took their present form. According to a USGS release, that scientific problem "has vexed geologists for more than a century. "

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Massive sinkhole opens up in Western Kansas
Science World Report
A massive sinkhole, measuring 200 feet across and 90 feet deep, opened up overnight in Wallace County and it is still continuing to grow. The state geologist, Jonathan Arthur, has a plausible explanation. He stated that "an extensive drought can cause soil and sediment over a cavity to be extremely dry and collapse."
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Scientists find unique bacteria at Gaviota State Beach
The Santa Barbara Independent
A microorganism that could kill deadly infections and even anthrax was found in the sands of Santa Barbara County’s own Gaviota State Beach. UC San Diego researchers discovered a previously unidentified species of bacteria that produces an antibiotic now known as anthracimycin.
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Big ice may explain Mars' double-layer craters
ScienceBlog
Geologists from Brown University have developed a promising new explanation for a mysterious type of crater on the surface on Mars. Double-layered ejecta craters, like other craters, are surrounded by debris excavated by an impactor. What makes DLEs different is that the debris forms two distinct layers — a large outer layer with a smaller inner layer sitting on top. A new study suggests that DLEs are the result of impacts onto a surface that was covered by a layer of glacial ice tens of meters thick.
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Earthquake risk in the Salt Lake Valley
Explore Utah Science
The Wasatch Front is one of the most seismically at risk areas in Utah and in the Intermountain West. Scientists are looking at thousands of years of earthquake history to learn more about the hazard we face.
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Study: 1 female shark's litter may have many dads
NBC News
A single litter of shark pups can have anywhere from one to five dads, according to a new study that sheds light on the complex sex and family lives of many sharks. Multiple paternity appears to be very common among sharks and has been documented in at least six species so far: leopard sharks, small-spotted catsharks, bonnethead sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks and sandbar sharks.
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Astronauts study geology at Nunavut crater
CBC News
Astronauts have been getting a lesson in geology at a crater in Nunavut's High Arctic. The Haughton is a well preserved meteor impact crater on Devon Island. It's about 23 kilometres in diameter, and is about 20 to 40 million years old. Jeremy Hansen, an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, is one of the participants. He said Osinski is teaching him about the cratering process. Hansen said what they learn on Earth will help them when they go into space.
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