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Mars lake 'much like early Earth'
BBC News
The ancient lake environment found in Mars' Gale Crater could have supported microbes called chemolithoautotrophs — if they had been present. That is the conclusion of scientists after reviewing all the pictures and other data gathered in the deep impact bowl by Nasa's Curiosity rover. Chemolithoautotrophs do not need light to function; instead, they break down rocks and minerals for energy. On Earth, they exist underground, in caves and at the bottom of the ocean.
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2014 Geochemical Fellows
The Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce those receiving the honor of 2014 Geochemical Fellow. Fellows elected this year include: Yuri Amelin (Australian National University), Richard Arculus (Australian National University), Shan Gao (China University of Geosciences), Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution for Science), Marc Hirschmann (University of Minnesota), Rebecca Lange (University of Michigan), Bernard Marty (Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques), Hiroko Nagahara (The University of Tokyo), Martin Palmer (University of Southampton), and Adina Paytan (University of California, Santa Cruz). The Geochemical Fellows will receive their honor at the 2014 Goldschmidt Conference in Sacramento, Calif., USA.
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GSJ formalizes relations with GS and EAG
The Geochemical Society of Japan (GSJ) held a signing ceremony with the Geochemical Society (GS) and the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) at the recent Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco, USA. The signed agreements intend to build collaborative activities between the three organizations in general and specifically with the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. In attendance for the ceremony were President-Elect Hodaka Kawahata (GSJ), President Chris Ballentine (EAG), Vice-President Barbara Sherwood Lollar (GS), President Rick Carlson (GS), and President Naohiro Yoshida (GSJ).
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"Have I renewed?"
Anyone may subscribe to GNews for free, so if you are wondering if your GS membership is up to date, we have an easy and secure way to check online. Our member login will let you view your member status and account information. The sidebar also gives options to add another year of membership, purchase publications/subscriptions, make donations or submit a change of address. If you have forgotten your member number there is also a link to recover it using your email address. Registration for Goldschmidt2014 is right around the corner, so be sure to keep current!
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Embroidered cap drawing at Fall AGU
Thank you to the many attendees who stopped by the GS Booth at the Fall AGU Meeting and subscribed to Geochemical News. Ten names were drawn to receive either a GS embroidered khaki baseball cap or a black beanie, they were: Allison Flickinger, Ronaldine Gilles, Endra Gunawan, Teruaki Ishii, Shelby Jones, Yinqi Li, Alyssa Raisis, Tony Ramirez, Elizabeth Read, and Giulio Speranza. Caps are available for purchase online for US$ 9 each plus shipping.
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Geochemical Career Center

New! Professor of Geochemistry and Economic Geology (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany)

New! Graduate student opportunities in environmental, analytical and exploration geochemistry (MAGNET, various locations, Canada)

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

International research chair in stable isotope biogeochemistry / paleoceanography (LabexMER, Brest/Dinard, France)

Post-doc in Geochemistry at GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Post-docs and Graduate Students Opportunities at ASU, MIT, UC Riverside, U Maryland and U Washington (Multi-Institutional, USA)

Assistant Professor of Mineralogy and/or Petrology (Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Executive Editor for Elements Magazine (Mineralogical Society of America, Chantilly, VA, USA)

Open Faculty Position in Experimental Earth Science (Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA)

Assistant/Associate Professor in Geochemistry (Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada)

Assistant or Associate Professor - Lithogeochemistry (Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA)

Manager of Stable Isotope Laboratory (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA)

Roger E. Deane Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada)

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New in GCA (v.123, 15 December 2013)
Predicting the solubility and lability of Zn, Cd, and Pb in soils from a minespoil-contaminated catchment by stable isotopic exchange

[open access] The Genesis solar xenon composition and its relationship to planetary xenon signatures

Influence of solution parameters on europium(III), α-Al2O3, and humic acid interactions: Macroscopic and time-resolved laser-induced luminescence data

Oxygen isotopes in melt inclusions and glasses from the Askja volcanic system, North Iceland

Chromium isotope variations (δ53/52Cr) in mantle-derived sources and their weathering products: Implications for environmental studies and the evolution of δ53/52Cr in the Earth's mantle over geologic time

Latitude and pH driven trends in the molecular composition of DOM across a north south transect along the Yenisei River

Paleoclimate influence on early diagenesis of plant triterpenes in the Dajiuhu peatland, central China

Seasonal dynamics of dissolved silicon in a rice cropping system after straw incorporation

Rapid release of metal salts and nutrients from the 2011 Grímsvötn, Iceland volcanic ash

Quantifying brine assimilation by submarine magmas: Examples from the Galápagos Spreading Centre and Lau Basin

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New in G-Cubed
[open access] Chlorine isotope constraints on fluid-rock interactions during subduction and exhumation of the Zermatt-Saas ophiolite

The composition and distribution of the rejuvenated component across the Hawaiian plume: Hf-Nd-Sr-Pb isotope systematics of Kaula lavas and pyroxenite xenoliths

Climatologic and hydrologic influences on the oxygen isotope ratio of tree cellulose in coastal southern California during the late 20th century

Evolution of geochemical variations along the Central American volcanic front

Nature and distribution of slab-derived fluids and mantle sources beneath the Southeast Mariana forearc rift

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Conference calendar January deadlines
Abstract Deadlines
Jan. 16: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014 (Austria)
Jan. 20: ZEOLITE 2014 (Serbia)
Jan. 31: American Crystallographic Association Meeting (USA)

Registration Deadlines
Jan. 13: North Atlantic Craton Conference 2014 (UK)
Jan. 15: 21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA2014) (South Africa)

Conference organizers — be sure to add your conference to our conference calendar.

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Geologic processes deep enside Earth: New light on genetic makeup of Earth's deep microbial life and geochemistry of lavas
Scientists at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography are shedding light on the genetic makeup of Earth's deep microbial life and the geochemistry of the lavas that form the Earth's crust through research conducted as part of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year international collaboration unraveling the mysteries of Earth's inner workings.
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New evidence for assessing tsunami risk from very large volcanic island landslides
The risk posed by tsunami waves generated by Canary Island landslides may need to be re-evaluated, according to researchers at the National Oceanography Centre. Their findings suggest that these landslides result in smaller tsunami waves than previously thought by some authors, because of the processes involved.
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