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Mega-canyon discovered under Greenland ice
Popular Mechanics
Buried beneath a mile of ice in the center of Greenland is a beautifully preserved canyon more than 460 miles long and reaching depths of 2,600 feet—similar in scale to parts of the Grand Canyon. Geoscientists who scouted the hidden landscape using ice-penetrating radar, which maps the topography of the land under the ice, announced the discovery in a recent issue of the journal Science.
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US tallest mountain's surprising location explained
LiveScience
Reaching 20,320 feet above sea level in south-central Alaska, Mount McKinley is North America's tallest mountain and the third tallest mountain in the world (based on the measurement from base to peak on land, and not based on elevation). The behemoth has long befuddled geologists because it stands far inland, more than 300 miles away from major mountain-building tectonic activity along Alaska's southern coast.
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Geologists track small earthquakes near Mount St. Helens
The Columbian via The Seattle Times
Geologists have tracked an interesting cluster of small earthquakes near Mount St. Helens through the month of August. The cluster, which included 3.7, 3.4 and 3.1 magnitude quakes on Aug. 23, started on Aug. 2 with a 3.1 magnitude quake, said Seth Moran, a seismologist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory. The observatory reported about 120 earthquakes in total since the swarm began on Aug. 2.
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AIPG's Member's Private Medical Insurance Exchange is open
Geocare
AIPG's Member's Private Medical Insurance Exchange is now open for enrollment in medical underwritten medical insurance plans for effective dates between now and Dec. 31. Open enrollment will begin on Oct. 1 for enrollment in guaranteed issue medical insurance plans without exclusions for pre-existing conditions for an effective date of Jan. 1, 2014. For information over the phone, please call 877-739-7845.
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Student poster contest — cash prizes
AIPG
We are still accepting poster submittals for the AIPG National Conference in October. Cash prizes will be awarded! Deadline is Sept. 30. Students that are interested in presenting a poster should contact Cathy Duran at cld@aipg.org or 303-412-6205.

Student Poster Content Prizes

Undergraduate Students
1st Place — $500
2nd Place — $150
3rd Place — $100

Graduate Students
1st Place — $600 (Sponsored by the AIPG CO Section)
2nd Place — $250
3rd Place — $100

Students full registration is $20 and a day registration is $15. Students are welcome to volunteer to help on field trips. Those that are selected will go on the field trip for free.

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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
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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Button-up long sleeve denim AIPG shirt
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A 6.5 oz. fabric, 100 percent cotton, garment washed, generous cut, double needle stitched, tuck-in tail, button-down collar, horn tone buttons, patch pocket and adjustable cuffs with an embroidered AIPG logo is now available. Available in sizes small-3XL (additional fees for 2XL and 3XL sizes).


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Water found on moon's surface, more could be below
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Researchers from the Indian Space Research Organization have announced that the Chandrayaan-1 probe has found evidence for water on the surface of the Earth's moon. The water, referred to as "magmatic," is locked in mineral grains and could come from somewhere beneath the moon's surface.

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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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Big dig to unearth the mysteries locked deep inside our planet
Calgary Herald
The deepest hole ever made is more than 40 years old, and quite dead. After reaching a depth of seven-and-a-half miles, the temperature rose so high that to go any further would have melted the bit. Now, a new program of ocean-drilling is under way, attempting to reach parts of the planet's interior never before penetrated.
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Mars could have developed life more quickly than Earth
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Nobody is sure how life emerged from the primordial chemistry of Earth. But now we have more evidence that Earth-like life could have evolved on Mars. In a paper published in Nature, a group of geologists and chemists from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, explain that phosphates — minerals that are crucial for building DNA, cell membranes and many other parts of our bodies — would have been much more available for proto-life on Mars than they were on Earth.
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Mysterious underground fire perplexes Alaska town
CBC News
Residents of Eagle, Alaska, are getting worried about possibly toxic gases wafting into town from a mysterious underground fire on a nearby mountain that's been burning for almost a year. Nobody seems to know exactly what's burning. Experts suspect it's either a volcano forming or natural gas or oil burning in underground shale deposits.
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Sinkhole reports will 'undoubtedly' go up
WCTV-TV
With hundreds of people moving to Florida daily — more and more sinkhole reports are expected statewide. Florida geologists say the rainy summer has helped speed up the process for many of these sinks across the stat From one end of Florida to the other — the threat of sinkholes are imminent.
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Deep wells considered safe may be arsenic time-bombs
Sci Dev Net
Wells deeper than 170 meters in Vietnam's Mekong Delta contain higher levels of arsenic than shallower ones, a study reports — prompting scientists to question the tradition of digging deeper for cleaner water. The study found that the number of wells with arsenic contamination higher than ten micrograms per liter — the safe limit set by the WHO — is seven times higher in the deeper than shallower zones.
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