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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Mon, 2018-09-10 10:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to announce the second chapter of its original film series, Earth as Inspiration. The series – narrated by AGI Earth Science Education Ambassador and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell – underscores the importance of Earth science learning and understanding for young and old audiences alike.   While the first chapter of the film series showcased young people who have a passion for studying the Earth, this next chapter focuses on an equally important part of the educational equation – the teachers who inspire students. Watch the first and second chapters of Earth as Inspiration at EarthScienceAmbassador.org. In her second engagement as Education Ambassador, Jewell attended AGI-ExxonMobil K-5 Teacher Leadership Academy in June 2018. Partially funded by ExxonMobil Exploration Company and hosted at the state-of-the-art ExxonMobil headquarters in...
Mon, 2018-09-10 09:32
Volcanologist, Postdoctoral Researcher Janine Krippner It’s that time of year in the U.S. where geoscientists are back from the field with new data, new experiences, and a new academic year lies ahead of us. Many students may have just gone into the field for the first time, conducting research on volcanoes, deserts, streams, oceans, or any other of our natural and developed areas to better understand our environments so that we can protect the world we live in. Graduates become teachers for the first time as knowledge is passed down through the generations. Heading back into the classroom is where students can learn from our personal experiences and the collective knowledge of generations of scientists around the globe. The classroom is a place to not only learn about what we already know, but also to think forward about what we don’t know, and to ask new questions. As a scientific community, we have a growing responsibility that has changed rapidly with the age of 24-7 online...
Mon, 2018-09-10 07:18
In the first of a series of posts celebrating Peer Review Week 2018, Bethan Phillips, Commissioning Assistant at the Geological Society Publishing House, gives an insight into her working day... Continue reading →
Mon, 2018-09-10 06:58
Registration is now open for the 2018 Virginia Geological Field Conference,  A yearly conference highlighting Virginia’s geological diversity: http://vgfc.blogs.wm.edu/2018-vgfc/ This year’s field trip will focus on the geology of the Southside Virginia Piedmont.  Yes, Virginia there are rocks exposed in the Southside Piedmont! The 2018 conference will highlight new geochemical, geochronological, and structural insights into the geologic history of terranes in the southeastern-most Piedmont including the Roanoke Rapids, Raleigh, and Carolina terranes.  The conference will be based out of Petersburg, and the field trip will venture as far south as Skippers, near the Virginia-North Carolina state line. CONFERENCE INFORMATION The 48th Virginia Geological Field Conference will meet in Petersburg, Virginia at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Petersburg/Dinwiddie. The hotel is located off I-85 and near US Rt. 460 on the southwest side of Petersburg. EVENTS Student Geoscience...
Mon, 2018-09-10 06:54
2018 University of Maryland Geology Colloquium Series Friday, September 14th 2018 at 3:00 pm in PLS 1130 (UMD- College Park) Kei Shimizu Carnegie DTM Carbon contents in Earth’s mantle domains constrained using silicate melt inclusions and geochemical modeling Estimates of carbon contents in mantle sources of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) and ocean island basalts (OIBs) can provide constraints on the origin of the geochemically heterogeneous mantle. Furthermore, carbon fluxes from MORB and OIB mantle sources to the atmosphere provide constraints for understanding Earth’s climate stability and habitability. However, carbon contents in these mantle sources are difficult to estimate since most MORBs and OIBs have lost significant portions of their CO2 through degassing. Silicate melt inclusions, which are small amount of quenched magma trapped in crystals, preserve the CO2 contents in MORB and OIB magmas at depths of melt inclusion entrapment prior to significant CO2 degassing. In...
Fri, 2018-09-07 11:45
No, of course there aren't.  Balance! The scourge of modern news. CC-BY by SkepticalScience.com Unless... unless you're a journalist, perhaps. Then a bit of pseudoscience can provide some much-needed balance — just to be fair! — to the monotonic barrage of boring old scientific consensus. Now you can write stories about flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers, homeopathy, or the benefits of climate change!*So far, so good. It's fun to pillory the dimwits who think the moon landings were filmed in a studio in Utah, or that humans have had no impact on Earth's climate. The important thing is for the journalist to have a clear and unequivocal opinion about it. If an article doesn't make it clear that the deluded people at the flat-earth convention ("Hey, everyone...
Fri, 2018-09-07 11:05
Earlier this week, we proudly announced the recipients of the 2018 Union Medals, Awards and Prizes. These distinguished individuals are recognized for the excellence and impact of their work, and for exemplifying AGU’s mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. However, a demographic analysis of AGU’s most prestigious honorees reveals that women are under-represented when controlling for career stage and other factors. Over the past few years, volunteers who lead our Honors & Recognition efforts have endeavored to move the needle, and they have succeeded in the case of AGU Fellows, where women were elected this year proportionate to their numbers in the membership at the related career stage. Strides have also been made to improve recognition of our international colleagues. But inequity in honors remains. The high-level trend data below on nominations and honors awarded tells part of the story, and make it clear that it is time for an...
Fri, 2018-09-07 02:25
The magnitude 6.6 Sapporo earthquake occurred along the southern part of Hokkaido, Japan
Thu, 2018-09-06 16:08
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the first update of Geoscience in Your State, a series of 50 factsheets which quantify vital contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, and public health and safety of every U.S. state. The main goal of this series is to inform the geoscience community and policy-makers about the impacts of geoscience in their respective regions.    AGI has gathered up-to-date information using sources that provide consistent, nationwide data wherever possible to generate this comprehensive, standardized set of factsheets. Unlike a lengthy report, these factsheets allow federal and state decision-makers to glean important facts about the role of geoscience and the government agencies that fund geoscience research in their states at a glance.   The factsheets highlight various ways that investing in geoscience benefits...

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