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New detector sniffs out origins of methane
MIT News Office
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth's atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet.
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Goldschmidt2015 Registration Discount
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Online registration for Goldschmidt2015 in Prague, Czech Republic, is now open. This is a reminder that GS members who are current on their 2015 memberships are entitled to register at the member rate (Professional €490, Student €295 for early registration). To receive this rate you will be required to provide your membership number when registering. If you need to check your member status or locate your member number, you may go to our member login.

Two deadlines to keep in mind are the April 2 Abstract deadline and the June 16 Early Registration deadline. Please encourage your colleagues and students who plan to attend Goldschmidt2015 and are not members of one of the partner societies to join first, so that they may qualify for the lower rate.

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New in GCA (v.151, 15 FEBRUARY 2015)
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Behavior of lithium isotopes in the Changjiang River system: Sources effects and response to weathering and erosion

Incorporation of Np(V) and U(VI) in carbonate and sulfate minerals crystallized from aqueous solution

Comparative microbial diversity and redox environments of black shale and stromatolite facies in the Mesoproterozoic Xiamaling Formation

Comment on "Systematic variations of argon diffusion in feldspars and implications for thermochronometry" by Cassata and Renne

Dissolved silicon and its isotopes in the water column of the Bay of Bengal: Internal cycling versus lateral transport

Sorption of Cm(III) and Eu(III) onto clay minerals under saline conditions: Batch adsorption, laser-fluorescence spectroscopy and modeling

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  Harry Hess Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Princeton University is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate
 


New in G-Cubed (v.16, issue 1)
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Full vector low-temperature magnetic measurements of geologic materials

MELTS_Excel: A Microsoft Excel-based MELTS interface for research and teaching of magma properties and evolution

Confocal Raman microscopy in sclerochronology: A powerful tool to visualize environmental information in recent and fossil biogenic archives

Radial fast-neutron fluence gradients during rotating 40Ar/39Ar sample irradiation recorded with metallic fluence monitors and geological age standards

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Double the trouble found under Hawaii's Kilauea volcano
Live Science
Hawaii's big, booming eruptions are born from just under Kilauea volcano's peak, a new study confirms. Two small reservoirs of molten rock feed Kilauea's recent eruptions, according to analysis of chemical tracers from the last 50 years of lava flows. The results suggest that Kilauea volcano also taps a deeper source, because the shallower magma chambers are too tiny to account for all of the lava that has streamed across the island's surface since 1983.
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Researchers create artificial methane hydrates, open an innovative pathway for use of new fuels
Asociación RUVID via ScienceDaily
A technology that allows the preparation of artificial methane hydrates has been developed by researchers. These researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to prepare methane hydrates in a laboratory by imitating, and even enhancing, natural processes through the use of activated carbon materials as nano-reactors. One of the keys of this research was that scientists were able to reduce the process to form methane hydrates, which takes a long time in nature, to just a few minutes, thus making its technological applicability much easier.
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NASA research suggests Mars once had more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean
NASA
A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet's atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply left the surface.
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