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3 new species found in Australian mountain range
Australian Geographic
Three new species have been uncovered in an isolated mountain range on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, in Queensland, Australia, and scientists say there could be more. In March, for the first time, researchers conducted wildlife surveys in a boulder-strewn rainforest at Cape Melville, about 325 km north of Cairns. After four days in the field, they discovered three new vertebrate species: the Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius eximius), the Cape Melville shade skink (Saproscincus saltus) and the blotched boulder-frog (Cophxalus petrophilus).
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Colorado governor urges geologists to devote time to public service
The Denver Post
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told the Geological Society of America that geologists should think seriously about working in government — if only for two years — so they can bring their experience, knowledge and common sense to the table. Hickenlooper is the only current governor who was a geologist.
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Geoscientists building whole-Earth model for long-term climate clues
Rice University via Phys.org
A Rice University-based team of geoscientists is going to great lengths — from Earth's core to its atmosphere — to get to the bottom of a long-standing mystery about the planet's climate. "We want to know what controls long-term climate change on Earth, the oscillations between greenhouse and icehouse cycles that can last as long as tens of million years," said Cin-Ty Lee, professor of Earth science at Rice and the principal investigator on a new $4.3 million, five-year federal grant from the National Science Foundation's Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics Program.
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AIPG 50th Annual Meeting photos
AIPG
The 2013 AIPG 50th Annual Meeting was a great success. With over 250 participants that included seven AIPG Charter Members. Thank you to all that participated. Follow the "Read More" link to view the photos that have been uploaded so far.
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AIPG section newsletters
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The AIPG New Mexico Section Newsletter — October 2013 is now available.
The AIPG California Section Newsletter — October 2013 is now available.
The AIPG Michigan Section Newsletter — October 2013 is now available.
The AIPG Northeast Section Newsletter — Winter 2013 is now available.
The AIPG Texas Section News — September/October 2013 is now available.
The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter — September 2013 is now available.
The AIPG Ohio Setion Newsletter — September 2013 is now available.

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LBPG: Notice to the applicants for grandfathering only
Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
In accordance with the Louisiana Professional Geoscience Practice Act, amended by Act 308 of 2012, an applicant who applies for licensure prior to Jan. 1, 2014, shall be exempt from taking the examination described in a. R.S. 37:711.15(4)(a), if the applicant satisfies all the other requirements of Subsection 711.15.
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AIPG-AHS 2014 National Conference
AIPG
The AIPG-AHS 2014 National Conference will be held Sept. 13-16, 2014, at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center in Prescott, Ariz. The cost is $119. The event is hosted by AIPG National and AHS and co-hosted by the AIPG Arizona Section.
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AIPG 2014 national officers — Election results
AIPG
The results of the AIPG 2014 National officers elections are:
  • President-Elect — Foster Sawyer (SD)
  • Vice President — Brent Huntsman (OH)
  • Secretary — Jim Burnell (CO)
  • Editor — Bob Stewart (NE)
The incumbent officers for 2014 are:
  • President — Ray Talkington (NE)
  • Past-President — Ron Wallace (GA)
  • Treasurer — Larry Austin (MI)
The four advisory board representatives for 2014 were elected at the AIPG Annual Meeting on October 26. They are: Christine Lilek (WI), Todd McFarland (TN), Kerri Nutter (AK), and David Pyles (IL/IN).

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Breathtaking photos on display in newly released Utah Geology Calendar
KSL-TV
Have a hankering to see a hoodoo? Do you find argillite alluring? Savor scallops, and not the seafood kind? Those vastly unique geologic features showcased in landscapes across Utah are captured in the photography displayed by the 2014 Utah Geology Calendar, an annual tradition that reflects the work and expertise of geologists with the Utah Geological Survey.

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NSF funds $14.5 million to improve geosciences cyberinfrastructure
National Science Foundation
Imagine a world with unlimited access to scientific data in any field. Where researchers can plot data from any source and visualize it any way they'd like, and where they can model results and explore ideas from a desktop, a lab or the field. EarthCube aims to make that vision a reality.

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Fracking for geothermal heat instead of gas
MIT Technology Review
The use of hydraulic fracturing has unlocked vast new reserves of natural gas. Now Alta Rock, a startup based in Seattle, is developing technology that might do the same for geothermal resources — turning a marginal power source into a major source of carbon-free electricity and heat in the United States.

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A new 'golden spike' monument in Colorado marks geologic time
KQED-TV
For something that is supposed to keep track of 4 billion years of history, the geologic time scale is quite a fuzzy and slippery yardstick. After two centuries of careful research and argumentation, the world's geologists have only recently adopted a system to literally nail down the different time periods taught in geology school. That project recently took another slow step forward as a "golden spike" was officially driven into a precise spot on the ground near Pueblo, Colo. — a benchmark for the beginning of the Turonian Age.
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Yellowstone: Volcanic eruption vs. earthquake
KULR-TV
VideoBrief Yellowstone National park is the largest super-volcano on the continent and possibly the world. It's an underground boiling cauldron of lava that is more than twice as big as scientists previously believed, according to new research from the Geological Society of America. The lake of molten lava is nearly 50 miles long and 12 miles wide. Jake Lowenstern, a scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, says even a small eruption could cause a minor disaster. Scientists don't think the super-volcano will erupt — the real risk to the region comes from earthquakes.
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Applying gamma-ray logs to a carbonate reservoir: A Pakistan Potwar basin example
Oil & Gas Journal
Reservoir rocks (carbonates and sands) are mainly sedimentary in nature with interconnected pore spaces (permeability), reflecting the ease with which hydrocarbons can flow in the rock, but the presence of clay minerals or shale in reservoir rocks creates problems while interpreting well logs. Very small amounts of shale can have a large effect on both key petrophysical properties (porosity and permeability). Most reservoirs contain some degree of shaliness; therefore one must identify the distribution of clay minerals to understand its effect on the reservoir quality of shaly carbonates.
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Environmental changes following Pangea integration may have caused mass extinction event
redOrbit
The integration of Pangea that began during the early Permian period may have caused the environment to deteriorate, playing a role in the mass extinction event that occurred 250 million years ago, according to research appearing in the most recent edition of the journal Science China Earth Sciences.
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2nd crack develops in berm at Louisiana sinkhole
WAFB-TV
VideoBrief A second crack has been discovered in a berm at the site of the Bayou Corne, La., sinkhole. The new crack doesn't go all the way across the berm. The Assumption Police Jury reported the crack the afternoon of Oct. 30. All activity has been stopped after monitoring of the site indicated elevated micro-earthquake activity in the area.
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