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Geochemical reactions may decrease effectiveness of carbon storage schemes
University of Cambridge
New research shows that the natural reactions taking place in some of the underground reservoirs used to store carbon dioxide may prevent carbon emissions from being transported to greater depths, where it may be less likely to leak into the atmosphere.
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In Memoriam: Robert Berner
Dear G&G Community:
I write to bring you the sad news that Robert A. Berner, Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geophysics, passed away as a result of pneumonia this weekend. We extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his family at this most difficult time.

Bob got his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He did a postdoc at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before moving to the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in 1963. He went to Yale in 1965, where he stayed for the rest of his career.

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2015 Officer Election Results
Anne Peslier Yuji Sano
Anne Peslier (Jacobs Technology at NASA Johnson Space Center, USA), and Yuji Sano (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan) have been elected by the Geochemical Society membership to serve on the Board of Directors from 2015-2017. The election was held by online ballot during December 10-29, 2014. We are extremely grateful to all the candidates for participating, and to the 1,020 Geochemical Society members who cast their votes in this election.

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2015 GSA Annual Meeting — Call for Proposals
February 1 is the deadline to submit session proposals for the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA (Nov 1-4). Any individual or geoscience organization is welcome to suggest topics and submit proposals for both Topical Sessions and Pardee Keynote Symposia. Pardee Symposia are high-profile sessions on significant scientific developments, with invited speakers only. Topical Sessions are a combination of invited and volunteered papers. To help grow geochemical interest at the GSA annual meeting, please contact our liaison, Bill Hart, if you would like GS to endorse your proposal.
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Geochemical Career Center

New! Postdoctoral Fellowships in Applied Geochemistry (MAGNET, Montreal and Toronto, Canada)

Postdoctoral Position Available at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP, Paris France)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Postdoctoral Position (UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA)

University Lecturer in Earth Sciences (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

Postdoctoral Associate (Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA)

Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty: Sustainable Mining Geomicrobiologist (UMD, Duluth, MN, USA)

FINAL DAYS! Experimental and Computational Geochemistry Postdoctoral Fellow (multiple openings) (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA)

FINAL DAYS! Post-doctoral Fellowship or Research Associateship Geochemical Data Integration (CMIC-NSERC Exploration Footprints Network, Sudbury, ON, Canada)

FINAL DAYS! Postdoctoral Fellowship in Lunar & Asteroid Exploration Science - Petrology and Geochemistry (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, USA)

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New in GCA (v.148, 1 January 2015)
The paradox between low shock-stage and evidence for compaction in CM carbonaceous chondrites explained by multiple low-intensity impacts

Isotopic composition of skeleton-bound organic nitrogen in reef-building symbiotic corals: A new method and proxy evaluation at Bermuda

Fe2+ catalyzed iron atom exchange and re-crystallization in a tropical soil

Sm–Nd systematics of lunar ferroan anorthositic suite rocks: Constraints on lunar crust formation

Viscosity of liquid fayalite up to 9 GPa

Oxygen isotope ratios of FeO-poor chondrules in CR3 chondrites: Influence of dust enrichment and H2O during chondrule formation

Argon diffusion in Apollo 16 impact glass spherules: Implications for 40Ar/39Ar dating of lunar impact events

Biogeochemical cycling of cadmium isotopes along a high-resolution section through the North Atlantic Ocean

Chemical and mineralogical characterisation of illite–smectite: Implications for episodic tectonism and associated fluid flow, central Australia

New 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Clearwater Lake impact structures (Québec, Canada) — Not the binary asteroid impact it seems?

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Conference Calendar February deadlines
Registration Deadlines
Feb 01: EAGE/SPE Joint Workshop on Shale Oil (Russia)
Feb 01: 24th International Mining Congress and Exhibition (Turkey)

Abstract Deadlines:
Feb 03: Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015 (Japan)
Feb 14: 6th International Limnogeology Congress (ILIC6) (USA)

Conference organizers: Be sure to add your conference to our conference calendar.

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2015 CIDER Summer Program: Application deadline is February 1
Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research
The 2015 CIDER summer program will be held at UC Berkeley from June 28-July 31, on the theme "Solid Earth and Climate." The program includes a 4-week tutorial program for about 35 advanced graduate students and post-docs (July 5-31), while more senior scientists are also welcome at any point in the program. A Carbon Observatory workshop will be held in conjunction with the CIDER program on July 1-3. For more information visit: The application deadline is February 1. CIDER is supported by the NSF/FESD program.
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Small volcanic eruptions explain warming hiatus
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Scientists have long known that volcanoes cool the atmosphere because of the sulfur dioxide that is expelled during eruptions. New research available online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters further identifies observational climate signals caused by recent volcanic activity.
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8 new planets found in 'Goldilocks' zone
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Astronomers announced in January they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface. This doubles the number of small planets (less than twice the diameter of Earth) believed to be in the habitable zone of their parent stars. Among these eight, the team identified two that are the most similar to Earth of any known exoplanets to date.
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Study casts doubt on mammoth-killing cosmic impact
University of California – Davis
Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study, of soil from Syria, is the latest to discredit the controversial theory that a cosmic impact triggered the Younger Dryas cold period.
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