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Welcome to the first issue of the reinvigorated Geochemical News. New issues of GN will be e-mailed weekly to members of the Geochemical Society as a new member benefit. GN will contain highlights of news of interest to the geochemical community, advertisements from suppliers of geochemical instrumentation, equipment and supplies, and breaking news from the Geochemical Society. GN is available through e-mail and as a mobile application for your reading pleasure while waiting in airports on the way to the field or a geochemical conference. We hope you enjoy the information presented.

Why North America won't erode away
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North Americans should breathe easy: New research confirms that the continent has eroded very little over the past 1.5 billion years and, in all likelihood, won't shed much ground in the next billion years, either. Although the conclusion sounds like a no-brainer — earth scientists have long suspected that the oldest parts of the North American landscape have been quite stable — it has been difficult to confirm. More

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GCA News
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After 12 extraordinarily successful years at the helm of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Frank Podosek has stepped down as Executive Editor. While the search for Frank's replacement concludes, manuscript review will continue to be conducted by the GCA Associate Editor Board whose much appreciated efforts have assisted GCA in its rise to become the top cited journal in geochemistry. Some changes in contact numbers and websites are highlighted below.

New submissions should be made direct via the journal's dedicated ESS page. Please consult the author instructions page before submission here. To track the status of an accepted paper through production, please use this link. For any EES or production queries not covered by these links, please contact the journal manager, Jessica Meindertsma. For any other queries, the publisher, Katherine Eve will be pleased to assist you.

Goldschmidt News
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The GEOTOP research center and Montréal are proud to host the 22nd Goldschmidt™ conference from June 24th to 29th, 2012. Goldschmidt 2012 will be held at the same time as the 33rd edition of International Jazz Festival, in the core of the city. From gastronomic delights to cultural events, unique architectural styling and exciting nightlife, Montreal invites you to make the most out of your time at the Goldschmidt meeting. The 22nd Goldschmidt™ conference will focus on the Earth in Evolution. Registration opens Jan. 16. Abstract submission deadline Feb. 1. See for more information.


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Afghanistan's mineral resources laid bare
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Afghanistan is not the most forgiving place to work: The terrain is rugged, barren and remote and the danger is real. But for the geologists who are assessing the country's mineral resources in hopes of helping the Afghan people rebuild their country, the reward is worth the risk. More

Mars rover to spend winter at 'Greeley Haven'
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will spend the next few months during the coldest part of Martian winter at Greeley Haven, an outcrop of rock on Mars recently named informally to honor ASU Regents' Professor Ronald Greeley, a planetary geologist who died Oct. 27, 2011. More

Thawing permafrost reduces river runoff
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Chinese researchers have revealed that the amount of water entering the Yangtze River near its source on the Tibetan plateau has fallen by 15 percent over the past four decades, despite a 15 percent increase in glacial melt and increased rainfall over the same period. More

Mercury may have caused end-permian mass extinction
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For the first time, Canadian researchers have suggested that the Earth's most severe mass extinction was caused by an influx of mercury into the eco-system. In a study, published in the journal Geology, a team of researchers from the University of Calgary hypothesizes a link between the end-Permian mass extinction and the high levels of mercury released into the environment during catastrophic Siberian Traps volcanic eruptions. More

Magma causing uplift in Oregon
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Volcanic activity is causing the earth to rise in Oregon, scientists have found. Though whether such uplift is a sign of an imminent eruption remains uncertain. As early as the summer of 1996, a 230-square-mile patch of ground in Oregon began to rise. The area lies just west of the South Sister Volcano, which with the North and Middle Sisters form the Three Sisters volcanoes, the most prominent peaks in the central Oregon stretch of the Cascade Mountains. More

Carbon emissions 'will defer Ice Age'
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Human emissions of carbon dioxide will defer the next Ice Age, say scientists. The last Ice Age ended about 11,500 years ago, and when the next one should begin has not been entirely clear. Researchers used data on the Earth's orbit and other things to find the historical warm interglacial period that looks most like the current one. In the journal Nature Geoscience, they write that the next Ice Age would begin within 1,500 years — but emissions have been so high that it will not. More

Trouble in paradise: Ocean acidification this way comes
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Mo'orea, it's called — this island in French Polynesia that's been dubbed the most beautiful island in the world. Extensive reefs of a coral named Porites and other species form atolls, or reefs that ring Mo'orea's lagoons. Porites are colonial corals, also known as Scleractinians, found in shallow tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean regions. Think tropical reef and your mind's eye is likely seeing Porites. These corals and other calcifying marine life, such as coralline algae, are also the world's primary reef-builders. And therein lies the trouble. The seas in which these calcifying species dwell are turning acidic, their pH slowly dropping as Earth's oceans acidify in response to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As atmospheric carbon rises in response to human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, carbon in the ocean goes up in tandem. More

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