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Breaking through the ice at Lake Vostok, Russia
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After more than 15 years of stop-and-go drilling, a team of Russian scientists and engineers have drilled through the ice of Lake Vostok. Scientists are eager to discover what sort of extreme life might lurk in the deep dark waters. More

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Reminder: Development survey closes Feb. 23
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Please take advantage of this opportunity to help chart the future member benefits of the Geochemical Society. The Society's principal activities now are: the publication (jointly with the Meteoritical Society) of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, co-sponsorship with other scientific societies of publication of Elements and G-cubed, publication of the weekly Geochemical News, and co-hosting (with the European Association of Geochemistry) of the annual V. M. Goldschmidt Conference.

Additional activities include travel grants to students to attend the Goldschmidt Conference and the award of up to 5 grants per year of up to $2,000 each to support geochemically focused sessions/symposia at meetings sponsored by other organizations. The Society also awards medals and modest honoraria to individuals in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements. Society members, officers and directors frequently express the desire for the Society to expand its activities in various ways in support of our science. In order to determine the best way the Society can serve its members, the Development Committee is surveying the members of the Society in order to determine the services they would most like to see the Society undertake. To this end, we ask all members to participate in the SURVEY.

The survey will close this Thursday, Feb. 23, so please express your opinions as soon as possible.

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Nationwide radium testing of groundwater shows most susceptible regions are Central US and East Coast
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Groundwater in aquifers on the East Coast and in the Central U.S. has the highest risk of contamination from radium, a naturally occurring radioactive element and known carcinogen. More

Mount Hood: Unraveling the mystery beneath a buttoned-down volcano
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Mount Hood, Ore., is a huge draw for skiers, climbers and hikers. Volcano researchers, not so much. As volcanoes go, the mountain is monotonous. In Mount Hood's half-million-year history, it hasn't had the explosive, top-blowing eruptions of Mount St. Helens and others among its Northwest sisters. The lava that oozes out when it erupts shows the same chemical composition time after time. More

University of Wyoming geologist becomes National Geographic Explorer
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Nearly 10,000 feet below the ocean's surface, Ken Sims heard a loud screech and his submarine's power went out. The submarine's pilot, trained in these types of scenarios, started the engine again. This time it caught fire. It was Sims' first trip studying mid-ocean ridges. Instead of scrapping the research and heading for shore, the University of Wyoming geology and geochemistry professor waited three days for repairs and went back down. He isn't the kind of scientist that lets a fire on the ocean's floor stop him from gathering important data. He walks into smoldering volcanoes, through war zones and takes samples from Earth's most remote freezing places. More

Growth spurt at a Bolivian volcano is fertile ground for study
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The broad hill at the base of Uturuncu is unassuming. Its gentle arc fades naturally into the Andean landscape. But the 43-mile-long stretch of rocky soil is now an object of international scientific fascination. Satellite measurements show that the hill has been rising more than half an inch a year for almost 20 years, suggesting that the volcano, which last erupted more than 300,000 years ago, is steadily inflating. More

Study: Ancient Yellowstone eruptions not from supervolcano
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Ancient giant eruptions in the Pacific Northwest may actually have been caused by the tearing of a titanic slab of rock and not the supervolcano underlying Yellowstone National Park, scientists now suggest. Supervolcanoes are capable of eruptions dwarfing anything ever recorded by humanity. There are roughly a dozen supervolcanoes on Earth today, one of which sits beneath Yellowstone National Park. More

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