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Fri, 2018-07-13 17:48
by Larry O’Hanlon, Independent Science Writer and Editor Videos of erupting fissures, collapsing calderas, and glowing rivers of lava are grabbing all the clicks and headlines, but the scientists working overtime on the Kīlauea eruption and summit caldera subsidence are seeing something more: a revelation or two about how volcanoes like Kīlauea work and how to study them. Although the latest eruption of Kīlauea began 35 years ago, the headline-grabbing events in the lower Puna area began on 30 April with the collapse of the long-lived Pu’u O’o vent and was followed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake, the evacuation of more than 2,700 residents, and the destruction of hundreds of houses by fissure eruptions and lava flows in several subdivisions. There have also been explosive ash–producing eruptions at the summit of Kīlauea and dramatic slumping and subsidence of the caldera. Throughout all this, the scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano...
Fri, 2018-07-13 13:29
Minto Flats, in central Alaska has revealed a phenomenon previously only seen in the laboratory.
Fri, 2018-07-13 01:00
Even if you're missing this year's Rendezvous, you can still follow some of the action on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by searching the hashtag #EarthER18. Participants, use this hashtag to share your experiences with others.
Thu, 2018-07-12 17:00
In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with three authors from the special section highlighting the Mediterranean region in July's The Leading Edge. These authors discuss the latest scientific scholarship and future prospects in the Mediterranean after a record-breaking find in 2015. Show notes and links at https://seg.org/podcast/Post/6438. Interviewee biographies Giovanni Rusciadelli is Associate Professor in Sedimentology...
Thu, 2018-07-12 12:13
Greetings, geobakeoff fans! At long last, it’s time to reveal the results of this year’s competition – the fifth annual Great Geobakeoff… We can’t quite believe how the geobaking phenomenon has continued to grow – our eternal thanks to all those who take part and share the competition. Particularly the increasing number of you who … Continue reading →
Wed, 2018-07-11 14:32
Big milestone today at AGI as our flagship program, GeoRef, reaches 4 million references! Our Communications Intern, Railey, talked with AGI's Director of Information Services, Sharon Tahirkheli, about how GeoRef works. How exactly do 4 million geoscience articles, maps, books, and abstracts make it into our database? Listen to find out. Learn more at www.georef.org.  
Tue, 2018-07-10 14:59
A research article published last month in the journal Science Advances documents the oldest known tracks in the fossil record made by an animal with appendages. The fossil tracks, preserved in a 541-551 million-year-old limestone in China, were closely associated with shallow burrows made under microbial mats on a seafloor, indicating an animal capable of both burrowing and walking. These trace fossils were likely made by an arthropod with legs or another animal with appendages similar to legs, such as an onychophoran (velvet worm). The tracks and burrows are significant for providing insights on the behaviors of the Earth’s earliest animals during the Ediacaran Period, just before the Cambrian Period. Paleontological Society member Shuhai Xiao, a geobiologist at Virginia Tech University, was quoted in The Guardian as saying, “Animals use their appendages to move around, to build their homes, to fight, to feed, and sometimes to help mate…It is important to know when the first...
Tue, 2018-07-10 11:48
Limnology & Oceanography will be publishing a special issue in 2020, entitled “Linking metagenomics to aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycles” and edited by Special Editors Hans-Peter Grossart, Katherine McMahon, Ramon Massana and David Walsh. Manuscripts are due January 28, 2019.
Fri, 2018-07-06 10:47
University students and professors visited KCNSC for a Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Prorgram advanced manufacturing workshop.
Fri, 2018-07-06 10:38
Between 2014 and 2017, 2376 geoscience graduates took AGI’s Geoscience Student Exit Survey--1764 bachelor’s graduates, 378 master’s graduates, and 234 doctoral graduates. In September 2017, AGI’s Workforce Program followed up with these Exit Survey participants to ask them about their career path as early-career geoscientists. This survey collected 332 responses out of the approximately 1250 individuals that indicated their willingness to respond to future surveys about their career path (27% response rate)--163 bachelor’s graduates, 101 master’s graduates, and 68 doctoral graduates.   The two figures compare the employment of recent geoscience graduates immediately entering the workforce after graduation and 1-4 years since completion of thier degree. Of students completing their degree during this time period, 12% of bachelor’s graduates, 36% of master’s graduates, and 57% of doctoral graduates secured employment in the geosciences. These percentages increased to 49% of...

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