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Discovery of earliest Jurassic corals
Astrobiology Magazine
Five times in Earth's history mass extinction events have wiped out up to 90 percent of global life. University of Montana doctoral student Montana Hodges and geosciences Professor George Stanley recently found the fossil record of the earliest North American coral species that reappeared after the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction event.
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Out-of-place boulders hint at ancient 'megatsunami'
The Christian Science Monitor
A mega tsunami taller than a 50-story skyscraper once engulfed an island off the west coast of Africa, researchers say. This finding suggests the giant landslides and killer waves that such tsunamis can trigger might pose a major hazard to people living on islands and coasts, scientists added.
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Australia unveils world's 'most advanced weather satellite' for better weather forecasting
International Business Times
The Bureau of Meteorology has announced an innovation in Australia's weather forecasting with the use of the most advanced weather satellite in the world, the Japanese Himawari-8 satellite. The Bureau has successfully made near real-time imagery of Australia through the newly launched satellite. Himawari-8 can provide data nearly 50 times greater than the Bureau's previous satellite, which will allow forecasters to access 16 observation wavebands and capture significant details from various layers of the atmosphere.
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New England Aquifers: Elusive and Complex Conference — Registration open
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This is a half-day workshop was developed to provide water utility personnel, engineers, hydrogeologists, regulatory officials and other interested persons in understanding about the sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers their wells are located in and how and why well performance declines over time along with options that are available to rehabilitate your well. The workshop begins with an introduction of the geology and aquifers of New England. From plate tectonics to glacial geology along the effects of weathering that have created the majority of high-yield aquifers located throughout New England. A quick trip through well types, water well terminology, groundwater flow into well screens and a discussion of specific capacity as it applies to sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers. Specific capacity is easy to calculate and use as a measure of the performance of your well, but something that is often overlooked. Moving forward, there is a segment on declining well performance including a discussion of the chemical, physical, and microbiological factors that are the cause for drop in performance in wells. Improving the performance of your well will be discussed by examining physical and chemical methods to rehabilitate your well and improve specific capacity. Understanding the permitting considerations along with the costs of well rehabilitation services will be discussed. The final segment of the workshop will be case studies on well rehabilitation. This will tie together all of the other segments of the workshop.
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2016 AIPG National Executive Committee
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Advisory Board Representatives for 2016 were elected at the AIPG Annual Meeting on September 18th in Anchorage, Alaska: Jeffrey J. Frederick, CPG, New York; Kevin L. Gooding, CPG, Hawaii; Donald K. Lumm, CPG, Kentucky; and Shanna Anna Schmitt, CPG, Minnesota. Officers: President-Elect: Adam W. Heft, CPG, Michigan; Vice President: David G. Pyles, CPG, Illinois; Secretary: Keri A. Nutter, CPG, Alaska ; Editor: Jean M. Neubeck, CPG, New York. The incumbent officers are: President: Helen V. Hickman, CPG, Florida; Past President: J. Foster Sawyer, CPG, South Dakota; and Treasurer: R. Douglas Bartlett, CPG, Arizona.
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Requesting articles for Student theme issue of The Professional Geologist (TPG) — Jan/Feb/Mar 2016
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We would like your help in submitting articles that will assist our student members in knowing what to be prepared for. Students are also encouraged to submit articles. This information will be placed in the upcoming January/February/March 2016 Student Issue of TPG. Your submittal can be a couple of paragraphs, a letter, an opinion piece, an article on what you are currently working on, student chapter information, a geologic field trip or field camp (include photos), etc. The deadline for submitting an article is Nov. 1. Articles are always welcome so if you cannot make the deadline please send it in when you can.

Order Extra Copies of the Student Issue of TPG
Individuals and Sections encouraged to purchase extra copies of the Student issue to provide to Universities and Colleges with Geology Departments. This is a good way to generate interest in a student chapter. The cost of the Student Issue is being discounted from $5 to $3 for quantities of 10 or more plus shipping and handling. Orders with payment need to be received by AIPG Headquarters no later than Dec. 1.

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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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Advertise to more than 15,000
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Showcase your company! Sign up for a one year business card size ad in AIPG's The Professional Geologist (TPG) publication (four quarterly issues). The TPG Professional Services Directory lists companies with experience and expertise in all phases of geology and is distributed to more than 15,000 in the geosciences around the globe. TPG is printed, placed online and emailed. The journal is made available at all the conferences that AIPG hosts and attends. For only $400 (AIPG members) and $500 (nonmembers) it is a great deal!
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Oct. 24-25 AIPG Texas Section Field Trip Marble Falls, Texas
Nov. 7 AIPG Arizona Section Fall Field Trip Holbrook, Arizona Area
Dec. 9 AIPG New England Aquifers: Elusive and Complex Conference Marlborough, Massachusetts
Dec. 16 AIPG New England Aquifers: Elusive and Complex Conference Glastonbury, Connecticut
April 5-6, 2016 AIPG Water Resources Unplugged Conference Orlando, Florida
Sept. 9-13, 2016 AIPG 2016 National Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico


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Geologist excited about what can be discovered from fossil find
The Western Star
Ian Knight is hoping to set the foundation for future geologists to turn the trace fossil discovered in Pynn's Brook, in Newfoundland and Labrador, this spring into something of specific historical importance for the province. For now, he will settle on the estimated 350 million-year-old tetrapod footprint discovery at the Flagstone Newfoundland quarry as being a unique discovery that should pique people's interest.
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Geologists present explanation for smaller than expected tremor during the april 2014 Iquique earthquake
Phys.org
Chile is one of the countries that is most at risk from damaging earthquakes. Therefore, no one was caught by surprise when a series of tremors struck the area around the northern Chilean city of Iquique in spring 2014. The main quake on April 1 reached a magnitude of 8.1 and triggered a tsunami. But experts were surprised that the quake was not as large and damaging as expected, and that it affected only a limited region.
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Oil bust saps US students' enthusiasm for petroleum degrees
Reuters via Business Insider
Enrollment in U.S. petroleum engineering degree programs fell for the first time in 13 years this fall, as an oil industry slump makes college students wary of entering the boom and bust world of oil and gas. The drop, revealed in annual data provided by the country's 21 petroleum engineering departments and made available to Reuters, is modest — the number of enrollments dipped just 1 percent from a record high of 11,332 hit last year when oil was around $100 a barrel.
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Asteroid impact, volcanism were one-two punch for dinosaurs
Berkeley News
Berkeley geologists have uncovered compelling evidence that an asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago accelerated the eruptions of volcanoes in India for hundreds of thousands of years, and that together these planet-wide catastrophes caused the extinction of many land and marine animals, including the dinosaurs.
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UH-Hilo team reassured by NASA's water find on Mars
West Hawaii Today
NASA's announcement Sept. 28 that it found evidence of liquid water on Mars was reassuring for a University of Hawaii at Hilo team hoping to select the landing site for the first manned mission to the Red Planet. John Hamilton, a UH-Hilo astronomy professor, said the location where scientists believe salty water reached the surface has similar geology to two sites university faculty and students are proposing the space agency send astronauts to find microbial life and, of course, liquid water, a necessary ingredient.
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Active underwater volcano found off Southeast Alaska
KTOO-FM
About two years ago, geologists studying an ocean channel near Ketchikan spotted something unusual. It was a submerged volcano, about 150 feet below the surface. It was dormant. The experts estimated it hadn’t erupted for about 10,000 years. Now, scientists have discovered another underwater volcano, near Dixon Entrance, just north of Alaska's maritime border with British Columbia.
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How geologists determined the way that mountains formed
Forbes
Asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory famously responded "because it's there." But there was also a more practical reason — "for the stone from the top for geologists." Geologists were intensely interested in Everest. When Mallory, together with Sandy Irvine, attempted the ascent June 6, 1924, mountaineer and geologist Noel Ewart Odel — the last person to see the two alive — was collecting rocks at the base of the summit era of the 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) high mountain.
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