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Rosetta mission: Philae lander may yet find hint to the mystery of life
The Telegraph
On Nov. 12, there were celebrations as a fridge-sized robot called Philae, after jettisoning from its Rosetta mother ship, touched down on Comet 67P, 300 million miles from Earth. Then confusion and, increasingly, despair when the first tantalizing images showed that the craft had, after bouncing at least once a kilometer into space, apparently landed on its side, next to a cliff with not enough sunlight reaching its solar panels to recharge its batteries. But all was not lost.
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'Dark magma' could explain mystery volcanoes
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The magma fueling the volcanoes of Hawaii and Yellowstone National Park pipes up from deep inside the planet. Scientists have struggled to understand why there are hot spots there, so far from the grinding tectonic plate boundaries at which volcanoes normally appear. New research chalks the mystery up to "dark magma": deep underground pockets of red-hot molten rock that siphon energy from Earth's core.
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One of world's largest landslide deposits discovered in Utah
Ars Technica
In southwest Utah, geologists had noticed some pretty cool "trees." The area had been volcanically active between 21 million and 31 million years ago, building up a host of steep, volcanic peaks. A number of huge blocks of rock from these peaks, up to 2.5 square kilometers in area and 200 meters thick, are obviously out of place — they've been interpreted by geologists as the result of many landslides around the volcanoes. In a recent paper, researchers show that rather than being the result of many individual landslides, these are actually all part of one jaw-droppingly large event.
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AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Now available to pay online
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Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1, 2015, in accordance with the bylaws. You are encouraged to log in to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. 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.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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AIPG's GeoCare Benefits
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AIPG's GeoCare Benefits Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange is now accepting applications for health insurance effective on Jan. 1, 2015, without exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

The Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange is a web-based marketplace in which you can choose from the multiple insurance companies’ plan designs, benefit options, and premium rates available in your state.

To view the Exchange, visit www.geocarebenefits.com and click on the Open Enrollment banner. You may also reach the Exchange by phone at 877-739-7845.

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AIPG Directory of Geoscience Products & Services
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AIPG is excited to announce the recent launch of the latest edition of our new online buyer's guide, the Directory of Geoscience Products & Services.

This industry-specific search engine efficiently connects your company with geoscience professionals.

Please be aware that you may be contacted by our publishing partner, MultiView, during the coming weeks in order to verify the information currently displayed in your organization's listing. If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to reach out.

You may also contact MultiView directly at 800-816-6710 or by email at aipg@multiview.com.

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AIPG new members and applicants listing
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Listing of New Members and Applicants for Aug. 8 through Oct. 30.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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Request for award nominations
AIPG
Nominations for awards, accompanied by a supporting statement should be sent via mail (to AIPG, 12000 Washington Street, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134), fax (303-253-9220) or email by Jan. 15 to the AIPG National Headquarters. National awards include the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, the John T. Galey, Sr. Memorial Public Service Award, Honorary Membership and the Outstanding Achievement Award. (Click on each link to go to the award's description.) Click here for AIPG National Awards Nomination Form in pdf.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
Dec. 15-19 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco AGU
Jan. 1, 2015 Deadline for AIPG membership dues Pay Online
Jan. 16, 2015 Call for Abstracts due for the 5th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop: Site Characterization AIPG Michigan Section
Feb. 13, 2015 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Tucson, Arizona
March 2015 AIPG/AGWT Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Conference Houston
April 2015 AIPG Hydraulic Fracturing Conference TBD
June 24-25, 2015 2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG Billings, Montana
Sept. 19-22, 2015 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section


INDUSTRY NEWS


Broadband seismic for enhanced pre-salt imaging
Marine Technology Reporter
Throughout the last decade, major improvements in the quality of subsurface mapping of geological formations containing complex salt bodies have taken place with the introduction of broadband seismic survey technology. Since the discovery of the Lula oil field in 2006, CGG's BroadSeis has been involved in the most important pre-salt discoveries.
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Geologists seek to resolve differences between Yukon and Alaska maps
Alaska Dispatch News
While maps of Canada's Klondike region just to the east are up-to-date and precise, thanks to periodic fine-tuning with new surveys and modern technology, geologic maps for the Alaska area right across the border are less detailed and do not match the Canadian side. The U.S. Geological Survey, with help from counterparts in Canada, is trying to address that discrepancy.
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Lens grabs art of caves: Photographer sheds light on microorganisms
Centre Daily Times
Penn's Cave in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, is America's only all-water cavern and wildlife park. A tour of the water cavern by boat gives visitors a glimpse of glittering stalactites and stalagmites. But what people can't see are the organisms that dwell within the cracks and crevices and the natural processes that have sculpted the magnificent limestone curtains, cascades, draperies, pillars and columns. In recent years, these small wonders have been captured by Melissa Horn, a freelance photographer and geology student at Lock Haven University.
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IU geologists identify new seismic zone near Illinois-Missouri border
Indiana University Bloomington
Geologists at Indiana University have characterized widespread seismic activity in an area they call the Ste. Genevieve Seismic Zone, suggesting a greater possibility of earthquake effects than was previously recognized in southwestern Illinois and Eastern Missouri. The study is the first published research to result from the collaborative OIINK geophysical research project, a collaborative effort among Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois and the Illinois and Indiana state geological surveys.
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Indonesia lifts tsunami alert after 7.3 magnitude quake
The Associated Press via Athens Banner-Herald
Indonesian authorities lifted a tsunami warning issued earlier Nov. 15 after the threat of hazardous waves hitting eastern islands near the epicenter passed. The warning followed a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck in the northern Molucca Sea in midmorning. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency canceled it about four hours later.
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Ancient jellyfish died a strange death
Society for Science & the Public
There's nothing too unusual about a beached jellyfish &mdsah; unless it happened to wash ashore 310 million years ago. Such an ordinary occurrence on a beach long, long ago kicked off a peculiar sequence of events. It ended with the creation of an oddball fossil. It looks like a blob of white sand encased in black rock — except that this blob has tentacles.
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Florida sinkhole map targets protecting life and property
WFLA-TV
Sinkholes are costly, frightening, and can be deadly. Much of the sinkhole damage in Florida occurs in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, also known as "sinkhole alley." The Florida Geological Survey is now mapping sinkholes to help identify more vulnerable areas.
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