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Moon's mysterious 'ocean of storms' explained
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The largest dark spot on the moon, known as the Ocean of Storms, may be a scar from a giant cosmic impact that created a magma sea more than a thousand miles wide and several hundred miles deep, researchers say. These findings could help explain why the moon's near and far sides are so very different from one another, investigators added. More

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Six Geochemical Society members elected to AGU Council
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Six active members of the Geochemical Society were recently elected to the AGU Council. They are for Biogeosciences: President-Elect Marilyn Fogel; for Earth and Space Science Informatics: President-Elect Kerstin Lehnert; for Ocean Sciences: Secretary (Marine Geochemistry) Adina Paytan; and for Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology: President-Elect Catherine Chauvel, Secretary (Geochemistry) Vickie C. Bennett, and Secretary (Volcanology and Petrology) Don R. Baker. Congratulations!

New member bonus extended to Nov.15

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Do you know someone who would benefit from Elements magazine? Please forward this issue of GNews and encourage them to join. New members will receive one free issue (December 2012) if they join by Nov. 15. $10 (USD) for students, $30 for professionals. Membership includes full access to the Elements Archive.

Featured Geochemical Career Center postings
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New! Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships, Dept. of Mineral Sciences (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA)

New! Tenure-track Faculty Position (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA)

Faculty Position in Planetary Science (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

Tenure-Track Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Head and Tenure-Track Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Assistant Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA)

Endowed Professorship in Climate Change (Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Applied Geochemistry (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Senior-Level Faculty Position in Paleoclimatology (Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA)

Assistant Professor, Atmospheric/ Hydrological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA)

Final Days! Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions in Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry, and Astrobiology (Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC, USA)

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New in GCA (v.98, 1 December 2012)
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Fine-grained rims surrounding chondrules in the Tagish Lake carbonaceous chondrite: Verification of their formation through parent-body processes

Perchlorate and chlorate biogeochemistry in ice-covered lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Ti diffusion in natural pyroxene

The central role of ketones in reversible and irreversible hydrothermal organic functional group transformations The isotopic composition of Cadmium in the water column of the South China Sea

Boron isotopes in different grain size fractions: Exploring past and present water–rock interactions from two soil profiles (Strengbach, Vosges Mountains)

Tightly coupled records of Ca and C isotope changes during the Hirnantian glaciation event in an epeiric sea setting

Carbon isotope fractionation during calcium carbonate precipitation induced by ureolytic bacteria

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The ancient glaciers of mars —Is the red planet between ice ages?
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"Mars is not a dead planet — it undergoes climate changes that are even more pronounced than on Earth," according to James Head, planetary geologist, Brown University. The image above was taken on June 6, 2012 by ESA's Mars Express — combined to form a natural-color view of Nereidum Montes. Undulations in crater floors are commonly seen in mid-latitude regions on Mars and are believed to be a result of glacial movement. More

NASA: Rare, enormous gas storm detected on Saturn
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NASA says the Cassini spacecraft recorded the aftermath of a massive storm on Saturn that let out an "unprecedented belch of energy." Not only was the size of the storm unusual, but what the storm was made of left scientists puzzled. More

Curiosity sniffs Martian air, but finds no methane
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Scientists reported the Curiosity rover's first whiffs of the Martian atmosphere have turned up no sign of methane, an object of fascination from many scientists due to its ramifications on the search for life on Mars. More

Depths hold clues to dearth of xenon in air
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As detective stories go, the Mystery of the Missing Xenon may not have the catchiest title. But scientists in Germany say they might have cracked this long-standing enigma. The reason there's less xenon in Earth's atmosphere than expected, the researchers say, is because there was never much xenon dissolved in the planet's depths to begin with. Had there been, it would have made its way over billions of years toward the surface, there to spew into the atmosphere. More


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