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Cedars a rare geologic wonder in Sonoma County, Calif.
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At an old mining camp in the mountains above Cazadero in Sonoma County, Calif., is a Mars-like panorama of steep crumbling red slopes, bizarre mineralized formations and green serpentine rock. The 11-square-mile area, called the Cedars, is a mysterious land of one-of-a-kind geological phenomena next to the Austin Creek State Recreation Area and Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve that almost nobody in the Bay Area knows anything about. More

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Announcing the 2012 Geochemical Society Medalists
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Please offer your congratulations to Dr. Ed Stolper of the California Institute of Technology, this year's winner of the Goldschmidt Award, given for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry. Stolper is awarded the medal on the basis of his outstanding experimental and theoretical work on melting and igneous processes on Earth, Mars and asteroids.

The Patterson Award in 2012 is bestowed on Dr. Stefan Schouten of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Schouten is recognized for his many contributions to organic geochemistry and specifically for his identification of archaeal membrane lipids in marine environments and their application as a novel sea-surface paleothermometer.

Dr. David T. Johnston of Harvard University is the recipient of the 2012 Clarke Award, given for scientific achievement by an early-career scientist. Johnston is recognized for his contribution to the use of sulfur isotope variation to understand the role of microbes in controlling the sulfur cycle in Earth's oceans.

Goldschmidt News
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Registration for the 2012 Goldschmidt Conference, held in Montreal, opens Jan. 16. Student travel grant applications open the next day on Jan. 17. Abstract deadline is Feb. 1. For more information, see

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Discovery of big diamond mine sparkles in Liaoning, China
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A large diamond deposit that can be mined for more than 30 years has been discovered in Liaoning province, officials from the geology and mineral resources exploration bureau said. The deposit, in Wafangdian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, contains an estimated 200 kilograms of diamonds and is the largest such discovery during the past three decades in the province, said Yu Wenli, director of the bureau of geology and mineral resources exploration in Liaoning. More

Geology, biology worked together after Gulf of Mexico oil disaster
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When scientist David Valentine and colleagues published results of a study in early 2011 reporting that bacterial blooms had consumed almost all the deepwater methane plumes after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill, some were skeptical. How, they asked the University of California at Santa Barbara geochemist, could almost all the gas emitted disappear? More

Moonwalk mineral discovered in Western Australia
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The last mineral thought to have been unique to the moon has been discovered in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. It was identified by researchers at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. Tranquillityite, named after the Sea of Tranquillity where the Apollo 11 moonwalkers landed in July 1969, was tentatively identified by professor Birger Rasmussen from Curtin University, while studying a polished slice of Earthly rock in a scanning electron microscope. More

Newberry volcano: Geothermal energy advocates in Oregon have high hopes
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Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise. They hope the water comes back to the surface fast enough and hot enough to create cheap, clean electricity that isn't dependent on sunny skies or stiff breezes — without shaking the earth and rattling the nerves of nearby residents. More

Fast atmospheric reactions
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A key type of intermediate in atmospheric chemistry reacts faster to form compounds that produce cooling aerosols than previously realized, according to a report in Science. The experimental results indicate that the role of green plants — emissions from which help form the intermediates — in combating global warming may be larger than currently understood. More

Geology secrets show up in scans
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Shockwaves from some of the largest earthquakes in the world have been used like a CAT scan to reveal clues about how the Australian land mass was formed. Scientists from the Australian National University believe they have uncovered the geological secrets showing the opening of the Tasman Sea, the break-up of Australia and Antarctica and more recent volcanic activity in Victoria. More

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