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Study shows dinosaur-era earthquakes left mark in park's red cliffs
The Huffington Post
Long ago, when the Earth had only one continent and one ocean, an earthquake rippled through western North America's great sand sea. The early Jurassic earthquake left its mark in the vast dunes that now form the famous red cliffs of Zion National Park in Utah, a new study finds.
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Nepal seeks geologic survey consultants for 140-MW Tanahu hydro project
HydroWorld
Nepal hydro developer Tanahu Hydropower Ltd. invites expressions of interest from geologic survey consultants to perform rock mechanical testing for the 140-MW Tanahu hydroelectric project on Nepal's Seti River. Responses are due September 11.
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Volcanic activity worldwide
Volcano Discovery
What appears to be a new fumarole appeared near Rome's International Fiumicino airport the morning of Aug. 24. A vent producing small geyser-like fountains of steam, water and mud suddenly opened in the ground near a road crossing near Fiumicino. Geologists are currently examining the phenomenon.
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Calling all Irish Geoscientists to the GEO-Gathering 2013
AIPG
Ireland is hosting a national initiative, The Gathering 2013, to invite the international Irish community or anybody who has ever lived, visited, studied or worked here, to return home in 2013. The initiative has captured the public imagination and an exciting range of community, heritage and specialist events have been organized all over the country — see www.thegatheringireland.com.
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AIPG section newsletters
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The AIPG Michigan Section Newsletter — August 2013 is now available online.
The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter — August 2013 is now available online.
The AIPG Ohio Section News — July 2013 is now available online.
The AIPG Texas Section News — July 2013 is now available online.

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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 Executive Director search
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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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Geothermic Fuel Cells may make vast oil shale resources economically recoverable
Tucson Citizen
The Colorado School of Mines has announced receipt of the world's first geothermic fuel cell to test for extraction of oil from oil shale in an economic and environmentally responsible manner. If the technology works, it could make available an estimated worldwide resource of 4.8 trillion barrels of oil, much of which, 2.6 trillion barrels, is in the United States.

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Asteroid impact may have triggered evolution of Earth's multicellular life
The Daily Galaxy
A massive asteroid that struck South Australia during a glacial cold snap 590 million years ago may have triggered the evolution of Earth's earliest complex organisms, Australian geologists reported. In 2010, researchers argued that the Acraman asteroid impact coincided with an extensive glaciation period more than 500 million years ago and created ideal conditions for an explosion of complex organisms, known as the Ediacara biota.

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Geologists: US could store 500 years of CO2
MSN News
After taking a look at suitable underground rock formations across the country, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say there's the potential to store more than 500 years' worth of carbon dioxide emissions, which have been blamed for contributing to global warming.

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Ocean acidification may substantially change aquatic ecosystems and even impact how we eat
Medical Daily
Ocean acidification — the term for how carbon emissions, which affect our air and atmosphere, are making the oceans more acidic — may drive substantial change in aquatic ecosystems during the 21st century, authors of a recently published paper have found. Ultimately, the long-term survival ability of certain species may be compromised, and this could impact the food resources found within the ocean.
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Aug. 21, 1986: The Lake Nyos Catastrophe
Scientific American
Aug. 21, 1986 was a busy market day in the village of Lower Nyos (Cameroon) and most people that evening went to bed early. At 9:30 p.m. a strange sound, like a distant explosion, was heard and suddenly people and animals tumbled onto the ground. When the few survivors awoke the next morning, they discovered that more than 1.700 people died. The huts and gardens were untouched, but everywhere they found corpses of humans and carcasses of animals — not even insects had been spared by the unseen killer. Soon the killer was identified as a strange volcanic phenomenon.
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Does this photograph show Mary Anning?
The Guardian
Born in 1799, Mary Anning was the discoverer of the famous ichthyosaur and plesiosaur fossils on the Jurassic coast of Dorset. Following her death in 1847, Charles Dickens wrote of her contribution to geology: "It was not a science when she began to discover, and so [she] helped to make it one." The Natural History Museum in London has called her the "greatest fossil hunter ever known".
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Massive Himalayan gorge partly carved by Lake Erie-sized floods
Ars Technica
The Grand Canyon may seem enormous, but it is not without competition. The Yarlung-Tsangpo River flows eastward across the Tibetan Plateau before cutting south across the Himalayan Range and feeding into the mighty Brahmaputra River. Where it bends to the south, it runs through the Tsangpo Gorge. The river channel is only about 200 meters wide there, and the steep walls climb to truly awesome heights. At one point, the peaks on either side of the river rise more than 4,000 meters (nearly 2.5 miles) into the air—dwarfing the depth of the Grand Canyon.
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Building implosion reveals secrets of Hayward Fault
Bay Nature
An odd sort of earthquake recently occurred in Hayward, Calif. — it came from the surface rather than the depths. The seismically unsafe 13-story Warren Hall at California State University East Bay imploded in what the United States Geological Survey referred to as a "free" seismic source, a man-made earthquake that caused no unintended damage but that can be used to deepen our understanding of the Hayward Fault, that chthonic monster whose danger was responsible for the building's preemptive demolition in the first place.
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What was frigid 'snowball Earth' really like?
Space.com
During vast ice ages millions of years ago, sheets of glaciers stretched from the poles almost to the equator, covering the Earth in a frozen skin. Conditions on the "snowball Earth," as scientists refer to it, made the planet a completely different place.
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