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GSA Publishes New Book: "Unconventional" #energy #natgas

Cover caption: Marcellus Shale well site in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Photo taken in 2010 by Tom Mroz, U.S. Department of Energy (retired).
The Geological Society of America announced publication of Unconventional: The Development of Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale. The book is published to examine shale gas use amid criticism from environmental groups and activities. It explores the rise of shale gas in the 1970's and production of Marcellus Shale gas and risks to the environment, and addresses questions about and investigations into the effects of using this resource. GSA Members can purchase this publication for $38, and it is $55 for nonmembers. 

Earth Science Week at NSTA 2017 Conference #NSTA17

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You're invited to visit the organizers of Earth Science Week in the Exhibit Hall of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference later this month in Los Angeles! We'll have materials and demonstrations dealing with Earth Science Week as well as information about additional curriculum, training, and other products and services available from the American Geosciences Institute.

GSA Supports the March for Science @geosociety #marchforscience

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The Geological Society of America (GSA), along with other AGI Member Organizations AGU and ASLO, is officially supporting the March for Science set to take place on April 22, 2017. GSA stated in a press release that it "encourages all members to promote the benefits of geoscience to their communities and lawmakers, and recognizes engagement in the March for Science as one option to meet these goals."

Water Infrastructure Project Wins a top ASCE Civil Engineering Award #water

Photo taken from a helicopter of the Olivenhain Dam and reservoir near Escondido, CA. Photo by Phil Konstantin
San Diego county can rest a bit more easily should a major earthquake, or another disaster disrupt supply of water it imports. The 25 year project investing in San Diego's water infrastructure won the American Society of Civil Engineers' Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award. The San Diego County Water Authority was recognized for developing a system that will ensure "uninterrupted and ample water supply for at lease six months following a hazard event" by utilizing dams, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines and tunnels as part of a water conveyance system. The next OCEA Award Deadline is on June 1st

Undergrads - Exploring the AAG Annual Meeting will be a Snap! #AAG2017

Skyline of Boston. Picture was taken from a whale watching ferry that left from the aquarium dock. It is the Eastern side of the Boston peninsula.
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) Undergraduate Student Affinity Group is hosting a photo scavenger hunt at their annual meeting taking place in Boston, April 5-9. To participate, complete the scavenger hunt checklist available in the AAG Meeting App, and be one of the first two people to bring it to the AAG desk for a $20 bookstore credit. 

FREE Software from NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA as its commonly known, published its 2017-2018 software catalog. All software is available free to the public and can be used without royalty and copyright fees. There are 15 software generes including an Environmental Science section that lists products like: Landslide Hazard Assessment for Situational Awareness (LHASA), A Multi-Scale Three-Dimensional Variational Data Assimilation System for Coastal Ocean Prediction, Earth Global Reference Atmospheric Model (GRAM) 2016 and many more. 

Call for AESE Awards Nominations

AESE announcement - It’s time to submit the forms to nominate noteworthy publications and exceptional individuals in publishing for the annual Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE) awards. This year we have pushed the deadline forward a bit—to May 15, 2017—for submitting materials to be considered. This earlier deadline will give the committee enough time to read and judge the submitted publications before this year’s annual meeting in Yellowknife, NWT (September 6–9, 2017), where the winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

GeoSciML Approved as a New Standard in the Open Geospatial Consortium

Flow of data
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) approved a new standard for the geological sciences. GeoSciML version 4.1 was officially adopted as a standard and "defines a model and encoding for geological features commonly described and portrayed in geological maps, cross sections, geological reports, and databases. This standard describes a logical model and GML/XML encoding rules for geological map data, geological time scales, boreholes, and metadata for laboratory analyses." 
GeoSciML was originally developed by the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission for the Management of Application of Geoscience Information and was previously in use by several international geoscience data transfer projects. Ratifying it as a standard will provide application developers confidence in creating products utilizing GeoSciML models. 

51st AESE Annual Meeting: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Sep 6-9, 2017)

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Mark your calendars! The 2017 annual meeting of the Association of Earth Science Editors will take place in Yellowknife, N.W.T., September 6 to 9, 2017. Yellowknife is well known for its former gold mines and more recently for its diamond mines. It is also a world-class location to observe well-preserved geological features and formations from the Late Archean Era. Many geological features, including pillow basalt, glacial striae and permafrost features, can be seen right in town. We hope that you will take some time to enjoy the region’s many natural attractions, including its geological diversity, while attending the meeting.