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Confirmed: Martian rocks landed in Morocco
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Scientists are confirming a recent and rare invasion from Mars: meteorite chunks from the red planet that fell in Morocco last July. This is only the fifth time scientists have confirmed chemically Martian meteorites that people witnessed as they fell. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks were not discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December. More

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2012 Geochemical Fellows announced
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The Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce those receiving the honor of 2012 Geochemical Fellow. Fellows elected this year include: Susan Brantley, Penn State; James Farquhar, University of Maryland; Andrew Gleadow, University of Melbourne; Timothy Grove, MIT; Bjørn Jamtveit, University of Oslo; Hans Keppler, University of Bayreuth; Lee Kump, Penn State; Mark Kurz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Kevin McKeegan, UCLA; and Andrew Putnis, University of Muenster. The Geochemical Fellows will receive their honor at the 2012 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference in Montreal.

DIPPI-C workshop receives GS grant
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The latest recipient of a Geochemical Society's Meeting Assistance Program grant is the "Development of Isotopic Proxies for Palaeoenvironmental Interpretation: A Carbon Perspective (DIPPI-C)" workshop held May 8-10, 2012 and hosted in the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK. The workshop organizers are Dr. Chris Brodie, Hong Kong University; Dr. James Casford, Durham University, Dr. Erin McClymont, Durham University and Professor Melanie Leng, British Geological Survey. More

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6th CIDER Summer Program: July 2 - Aug. 10, 2012 — KITP — Santa Barbara, Calif.
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This year's CIDER summer program main theme is: "Deep Time: How did early Earth become our modern world?" Advanced graduate students and post-docs: Come to the CIDER 2012 summer lecture and tutorial program: July 15th - Aug. 10th to improve your understanding of geoscience disciplines other than your specialty and engage in multi-disciplinary research. Researchers at more senior levels: Come to any part of the summer program, interact with colleagues from other disciplines; bring your collaborators to work on burgeoning plans to develop collaborative projects in a stimulating environment away from your office and everyday woes.

Apply NOW:

Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

More information can be found on the program website. Sponsored by NSF/FESD program.

Setting off a supervolcano
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Supervolcanoes are one of nature's most destructive forces, but given that there are no recorded observations of super-eruptions — the last occurred 74,000 years ago in Indonesia — scientists don't fully understand how they work. Now a team studying the world's fastest-inflating volcano, Bolivia's Uturuncu, is shedding some light on how supervolcanoes become so powerful. More

The world's slowest clock    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The argon-argon clock is used to date rocks and estimate the time of geological events that occurred as far back as 4.5 billion years ago, when the Earth was formed. The new research will increase the accuracy of these estimates by correcting measurements of argon first made in the 1950s by American physicist Alfred Nier. The argon-argon clock works by measuring the ratio of the amount of radioactive potassium in a sample of rock to the amount of its decay product, argon. The older a rock is, the more potassium has decayed and the more argon is found in the rock. More

UK scientists find 'lost' Darwin fossils
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British scientists have found scores of fossils the great evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin and his peers collected but that had been lost for more than 150 years. Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, said that he stumbled upon the glass slides containing the fossils in an old wooden cabinet that had been shoved in a "gloomy corner" of the massive, drafty British Geological Survey. More

Carbonation brings diamonds to surface
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Drop a Mentos candy in a bottle of Diet Coke, and carbon dioxide will bubble violently out of the soda. Similar chemical reactions may send certain kinds of magma frothing up from deep within the Earth, carrying diamonds along the way. The discovery, reported in Nature, solves several mysteries about why and how diamond-bearing rocks appear where they do. As gem-laden magma rises, the theory goes, it gobbles a mineral called orthopyroxene, changing the magma's chemical composition and belching carbon dioxide gas that drives its continued ascent. More

Newly discovered molecule has potential to offset climate change and cool the planet
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Researchers claim a newly discovered molecule found in the Earth's atmosphere holds the potential to help offset global warming by actually cooling the planet. The molecule is a Criegee biradical or Criegee intermediate, which are chemical intermediaries that are powerful oxidizers of pollutants produced by combustion, such as nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. They have the ability to naturally clean up the atmosphere by helping break down nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide to form sulfate and nitrate, which ultimately leads to cloud formation that could help cool the planet. More

An abundance of exoplanets changes our universe
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Planets in habitable zones, planets orbiting twin suns, miniature solar systems, rogue planets, planets, planets, planets. If there is one single piece of information you should take away from the recent flood of incredible exoplanetary discoveries it is this: Our universe makes planets with extraordinary efficiency — if planets can form somewhere, they will. More

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