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New in EARTH Magazine: Crazy Times in the Arctic

Arctic sea ice extent for March 24, 2016, was the lowest on record. Credit: NSIDC
Over the past several decades, the Arctic has warmed roughly twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Record low sea-ice extents, thawing permafrost, and accelerated melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet are consequences of this uneven warming, according to Mark C. Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. In the March issue of EARTH Magazine, Serreze brings insight and context to the latest Arctic measurements.

SEPM Announces New 2017 Research Conferences

Check out the 2017 SEPM Conference Schedule
The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) has posted three new research conferences slated for 2017. The North American Micropaleontology Section (NAMS) is proud to announce that it will once again sponsor a Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils Conference April 5-9, 2017. The Microfossils conference series is a unique meeting concept because of its broad focus on the use of microfossils for solving geological problems. Session themes are intended to span chronostratigraphy, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, environmental quality assessment, evolution and new technologies, among others.

Downgrading the Great Dying

It makes for a dramatic narrative: Roughly 252 million years ago, a mass extinction event killed up to 96 percent of marine life, earning an infamous name in the geologic record, "the Great Dying." However, a new study suggests that this cataclysmic event has been overestimated. In the February issue of EARTH Magazine, read how a University of Hawaii paleontologist is improving our understanding of mass extinction events by exploring the effects of natural variability on background extinction levels, revealing a clearer signal in the noise.

Meet the Five Teams Hoping to Change the Face of #Mining

Excavator mining
The Society for Mining and Metallurgy Exploration, Inc. (SME) announced the five team finalists for their Move Mining Competition out of 40 entries from 24 states and 7 countries. The teams are: Wasatch Wonders with their concept paper, "YoursMinedOurs"; Team Atwood with their concept paper, "Changing the World View of Mining Through Game Based Learning"; Montana Tech Club Met with "Mining Moves"; Queens University Mining Department Group 5 with "Mining Facts" and Miles of Smiles with "The Mineral Maniacs: A children's fantasy book series on mining."

Explore Submarine Glacial Landforms

Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient
The Geological Society of London (GSL) published a new memoir, the "Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient." The hardcover book is available from the GSL website. Click see more to see the description. The ISBN is: 9781786202680 and the book is available online

#11: Geophysical Electromagnetics - 2017 DISC

2017 Distinguished Instructor Doug Oldenburg, along with Lindsey Heagy, and Seogi Kang, join Andrew Geary to discuss the upcoming 2017 SEG DISC - Geophysical Electromagnetics Fundamentals and Applications. Dr. Doug Oldenburg is professor of Geophysics, director of the Geophysical Inversion Facility and a world leader in geophysical inversions. Throughout 2017 at locations around the world, Doug will cover applications of electromagnetic geophysics across mining, oil and gas, geotechnical, water and environmental industries.

Three Societies Meet to Discuss Palynology, Organic Petrography and Organic Petrology

Participants explore a Paleocene-Eocene outcrop in Western Texas.
The whole point of this meeting between The Palynological Society (AASP-TPS), The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) and the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) was to get people from closely related fields talking, especially students & young scientists: it worked! If you weren't able to make the meeting, you can check out the summary in the AASP-TPS newsletter. Over 170 scientists from the geological and botanical fields met to discuss advances in palynology, organic petrography and organic petrology, including a one day symposium on multi-modal characterization of source rocks, and source rock reservoirs. The planning committee hosted an event ripe for the scientists to socialize and network over food and drinks. While at the meeting, several awards were presented including the TSOP Best Student Paper Award and the AASP-TPS Distinguished Service Award.