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Wed, 2016-08-10 16:34
EARTH: Sand Shouldn't Stand In for Volcanic Ash in Jet Engine Tests FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses ( 08/10/2016   Alexandria, VA - In 2010, trans-Atlantic airspace was shutdown, and international travel halted, when Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull erupted, spewing ash into the air. This was an expensive decision, triggered by the threat ash posed to aircraft, crews and passengers. When ash enters an aircraft turbine, which typically can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius, the ash can melt, damaging the engines in midflight.    For decades, sand has been used to simulate the effects volcanic ash may have on aircraft, but in a new study covered by EARTH Magazine, scientists used samples of real volcanic ash from volcanoes of different eruptive styles from around the world. The experiments demonstrated big differences between the compositions and melting points of sand versus ash.  To find out what this means for...
Fri, 2016-08-05 16:05
Karen Paczkowski, the 2015-2016 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, shared her experiences in the July 2016 Issue of GSA Today. From participating in Congressional Visits Days, her orientation with the other AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows, to working in Senator Edward J. Markey's office her experiences are to valuable because they engage scientists in the policy making process. There is wealth of opportunity for geoscientists in non-traditional career paths, as well as in research.   
Fri, 2016-08-05 15:32
#MapOfTheDay! It's time to explore the geology of Georgia with this interactive map: via @USGS ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Fri, 2016-08-05 14:55
[[{"fid":"13685","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Thumbnail image of the letter sent by AAG to President Erdogan of Turkey","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"A link to the PDF of the letter sent by AAG to President Erdogan of Turkey is available on their website. Image Credit: AAG","field_credit[und][0][value]":"Image Credit: AAG"},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":220,"width":200,"alt":"Thumbnail image of the letter sent by AAG to President Erdogan of Turkey","title":"A link to the PDF of the letter sent by AAG to President Erdogan of Turkey is available on their website. Image Credit: AAG","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] In response to the changing political dynamic in Turkey, the American Association of Geographers has sent a letter to Turkish President Erdogan urging academic freedom. The full letter is available through the AAG Website.   ...
Fri, 2016-08-05 14:14
As a student, there is no time like the present to start presenting your research. The 2016 Fall Virtual Poster Showcase at the American Geophyiscal Union is an easy and cost-effective option for doing so, which enables you to present without having to travel. Talk with your advisor about submitting an abstract between August 8th and September 28th, 2016.            The showcase features an easy-to-use interface where you are guided through: Writing and submitting an abstract preparing a poster and accompanying video presentation Evaluating the work of peers Receiving and responding to feedback on their own posters   Check out past winners at:    
Thu, 2016-08-04 16:26
The International Association of Hydrogeologists is seeking a new Executive Manager. Details and how to apply located on their website.  ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Thu, 2016-08-04 16:18
The Society for Organic Petrology shared a fun story authored by Cortland Eble of the Kentucky Geological Survey/The University of Kentucky. In his work on the Cleveland Member of the Late Devonian Ohio Shale he has identified unusually large pieces of bitumen that he has dubbed "Godzillianite." Eble describes their occurrence in the shale, and muses about their possible origins. For more organic petrology the joint meeting of TSOP-AASP-ICCP is happening in Houston, TX from September 18-23. 
Thu, 2016-08-04 13:49
The American Society of Civil Engineers, which houses the Geo-Institute, has released an updated version of their Failure to Act report that covers the impact of infrastructure investment on America's economic future. In it, they calculate that the existing infrastructure investment gap costs each American family $3,400 a year. A video also summarizes the report information. This report is part of the ASCE's "Save America's Infrastructure" campaign which also includes the Report Card for America's Infrastructure that in most recently gave American infrastructure a D+ GPA. ASCE also summarized each presidential candidate's coverage of infrastructure-related topics at their conventions. 
Thu, 2016-08-04 11:16
#MapOfTheDay! How does climate impact energy? Find out here: via the Department of Energy twitter account @ENERGY
Wed, 2016-08-03 16:45
AGI's Geoscience Policy Program has published the July 2016 Geoscience Policy Monthly Review. There are updates on arctic drilling regulations, nuclear waste storage, the future of Yucca Mountain, management of Superfund sites, the status of icebreakers and satellites, and a new foundation to mitigate abandoned mines. Additionally, the review covers a recent breifing held by the Congressional Hazards Caucus Alliance on lahars. A list of organizations in the alliance can be found here.