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Fri, 2016-11-04 14:31
#MapOfTheDay! Tomorrow is World Tsunami Awareness Day, so today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of estimated tsunami travel times to coastal locations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (@NOAA), which you can find at For information about tsunamis, check out our Tsunami Basics.
Fri, 2016-11-04 13:51
Akin to the medical Hippocratic Oath, the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) officially modified their Geoethical Promise at their Executive Council Meeting hosted at the 35th International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The updated Geoethical Promise, and the previous version are both available on their website. 
Fri, 2016-11-04 13:22
The Seismological Society of America (SSA) shared the experiences of their student members who were awarded the Geoscience Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) grant offered by the society.  The program, in its eighth year, brings student members to the halls of Congress to meet with their Senators and House Representatives. This year's students were Rob Anthony a graduate student at Colorado State University, Ph.D. Candidate Kendra Johnson of the Colorado School of Mines, and Marshall Roger-Martinez a graduate student at the University of Southern California. 
Fri, 2016-11-04 12:08
The USGS posted a link to their "Career Cards" that talk about different jobs within the survey. The cards cover the Biologist, Biological Science Technician, Cartographer, Chemist, Ecologist, Geographer, Geologist, Hydrologist, Hydrologic Technician and Physical Scientist. 
Fri, 2016-11-04 11:56
The American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers are collaborating with other organizations and member societies to support implementation of the Earth and space science Next Generation Science Standards.  Join us for the third webinar in the Fall 2016 series:   "Making Your Course Worth Their Time: Maximizing Student Learning in your Introductory and General Education Earth Science Courses" Presenter: Professor Anne Egger, Central Washington University   Thursday, November 10, 2016 ​1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern   ​Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 8   For more information, visit:​
Fri, 2016-11-04 08:10
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is a diverse organization of scientists, students, artists, preparators, advocates, writers and scholars across the globe, who are dedicated to the study, discovery, interpretation and preservation of vertebrate fossils.
Thu, 2016-11-03 16:26
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) have launched a dashboard to provide members access to data on geography and geographers. These data can be used to help support applications to establish new degree programs, or encourage students to major in geography and provide insight into the status of geography literacy and national trends in higher education. Due to data collection efforts over the past decade, there were many locations were data were stored, but now it has been consolidated to one location. Data cover gender, diversity, departments, geography careers, AAG Annual Meetings and archival information. AAG staff will publish reports on these data to the dashboard over the upcoming months. 
Thu, 2016-11-03 16:25
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of abandoned mines in Virginia from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (@DMMEVA), which you can find at For information about mining, check out our Mining Basics.
Thu, 2016-11-03 16:16
If you weren't able to make it to Goldschmidt 2016, fear not. A summary report of Goldschmidt 2016 was published in Elements Magazine. The report provides overview the number of attendees and which countries they represented as well as summaries of different student programs hosted at the meeting, for instance, the "Meet the Plenary" luncheons. These were held immediately following the Plenary Lectures and gave student participants the opportunity to meet the these accomplished scientists in a more informal setting. Most of the plenary lectures are also available on the Goldschmidt Conference YouTube Channel.  This was the first year the Geochemical Society hosted a special lecture in biogeochemistry and, for the first time, they held their Ingerson Lecture at Goldschmidt. The different news outlets that picked up research from the meeting were also mentioned, and some were referenced in a previous Geotimes Blog post. The next Goldschmidt Conference will be held in Paris, France...
Thu, 2016-11-03 15:34
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) recently wrote an article based on research published in their journal. Soil contamination is a societal challenge, but adequately testing for contamination is a costly and time intensive process. Using three different portable spectroscopic sensors, a team analyzed soils and compared the results against known standards obtained through wet chemistry to see if the portable sensors could be viable as a quick and cost-effective technique to screen soils.