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3-D-printed fossils & rocks could transform geology
LiveScience via Fox News
Whether they're cracking open rocks or scanning tiny changes in topography, geologists already work in three dimensions. But one of the most popular attractions at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver was a 3-D printer spitting out fossils, globes and fractured rocks.
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Trapped in a fossil: Remnants of a 46-million-year-old meal
PNAS via NPR
Several weeks ago, AIPG's eNews ran an op-ed article discussing a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, entitled "Trapped In A Fossil: Remnants Of A 46-Million-Year-Old Meal." Several readers asked us to include the link to the actual report, and we're glad to oblige in this issue of the eNews.
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Deinogalerix masinii: New Giant Fossil Hedgehog from Italy
Geobios via Sci-News.com
Paleontologists have described a new species of giant, spineless hedgehog that lived in what is today the Gargano peninsula of Italy during the late Miocene, about 10-7 million years ago. The newly discovered fossil giant, named Deinogalerix masinii, and the five previously known species of the genus Deinogalerix were hairy, rat-like relatives of modern hedgehogs and belonged to the subfamily of gymnures (moon-rats).
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Pay 2014 dues online
AIPG
Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1, 2014 in accordance with the Bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2014. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205. Click on MEMBER LOGIN to pay dues, make a donation and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory or make changes to your record.
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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.

Feb. 23-26, 2014 — SME, Salt Lake City
March 23-25, 2014 — GSA, Lancaster, Pa.
April 9-11, 2014 — GSA, Blacksburg, Va.
April 24-25, 2014 — GSA, Lincoln, Neb.
May 19-21, 2014 — GSA, Bozeman, Mont.

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AIPG 5th Annual Symposium
AIPG
The AIPG 5th Annual Symposium will be held April 16-17, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capital Square in Columbus, Ohio. The discounted rate is $99. Contact the hotel at 866-460-7456.
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Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
AIPG
The Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium will take place in March 2014 in Houston. More information will be available later.
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AIPG-AHS 2014 National Conference
AIPG
Join us for the AIPG-AHS 2014 National Conference, Sept. 13-16, in Prescott, Ariz. The conference will be held at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 855-957-4637. The cost is $119.
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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. Here is a link to the photos that have been uploaded so far. Photos from the field trip are also available on the AIPG Facebook page.
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Breakthrough: The accidental discovery that revolutionized American energy
The Atlantic
The dramatic changes to the nation's energy outlook are as surprising as they are clear. Seven years ago, oil production was in steep decline and natural gas nearly as hard to find. Today, the United States produces over 7.7 million barrels of oil a day, up over 50 percent since 2006 and the most in nearly 25 years. The nation could pump more than eleven million barrels a day by 2020.

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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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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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Mapping earthquake faults sputters in California
KPCC-FM
Earthquakes tend to get your attention. So when the 6.6 Sylmar earthquake hit California's San Fernando Valley in 1971, killing 64 people and causing $550 million in damage, state lawmakers went to work. Among a flurry of earthquake safety laws, they passed the Alquist-Priolo Act. It required the state to map active earthquake faults and prohibited building directly on top of them. Over three decades, state geologists mapped more than 500 faults, according to the California Geological Survey. But work nearly stopped in 2003.
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Will jellyfish rule the ocean?
LiveScience via Discovery News
In 2000, a bloom of sea tomato jellyfish in Australia was so enormous — it stretched for more than 1,000 miles from north to south — that it was even visible from space. It was certainly a bloom that Australian jellyfish researcher Lisa-ann Gershwin won't forget. While most blooms are not quite that big, Gershwin's survey of research on jellyfish from the last few decades indicate that populations are most likely on the rise.
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Tapping geothermal's potential
The Bulletin
In the last decade, numerous tests by geologists, energy companies and government agencies have shown the same thing: Southern, Eastern and some parts of Central Oregon are hotbeds of geothermal activity. But in many cases, strict regulations and a lack of demand has made tapping into those resources a challenge.
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Martian moon samples will probably have bits of Mars, too
Brown University via EurekAlert! via Science Daily
A planned mission to return a sample from the Martian moon Phobos will likely be a twofer, according to a study by Brown University geologists. The study helps to confirm the idea that the surface of Phobos contains tons of dust, soil, and rock blown off the Martian surface by large projectile impacts. Phobos' orbital path plows through occasional plumes of Martian debris, meaning the tiny moon has been gathering Martian castoffs for millions of years. That means a sample-return mission planned by the Russian space agency could sample two celestial bodies for the price of one.
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Indonesia: Lake Toba's volcanic underbelly 'could erupt at any time'
International Business Times
A dormant supervolcano lying beneath Lake Toba in Indonesia has the potential to erupt again, scientists have said. Geologists believe Mount Toba, which has erupted at fairly regular intervals over the last 1.2 million years, still poses a threat with its huge magma chamber and should be studied to assess the risk of a fresh eruption.
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Geoscientist says groundwater contamination via fracturing 'not physically plausible'
The Florida Current
A geoscientist with experience in hydraulic fracturing operations for the oil and gas industry says studies have shown groundwater contamination from "fracking" is "not physically plausible."
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The Cave Of Crystals: Mexico's otherworldly giant geodes
American Live Wire
In a remote part of northern Mexico, about an hour or so south of Chihuahua, lies the mining town of Naica. Lead, zinc and silver are dug from the ground on a daily basis, but the mine is actually famous the world over for its extraordinary beams of giant selenite crystals. Cueva de los Cristales, or Cave of Crystals is located 300 meters below ground and filled with enormous, spectacular selenite crystal geodes — some measuring up to 36 feet in length.
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