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The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce Dr. Ian D. MacGregor as the 2011 recipient of the William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI. The Distinguished Service Award is presented in honor of William B. Heroy, Jr., who advanced the use of geophysics in petroleum exploration and in geologic research worldwide. Recipients of this award are measured against his exemplary career and in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to the geoscience profession.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) and the National Park Service (NPS) are collaborating on the second annual National Fossil Day - October 12, 2011 - during Earth Science Week (October 9-15).
Monday, September 26, 2011 - 16:05
In the Witwatersrand goldfields, not far from bustling Johannesburg, South Africa, more than a century of mining has left the region littered with mounds of waste and underlain by a deep underground network of abandoned mine shafts, which are gradually filling with water. Today, the mines are producing less and less gold and more and more sulfuric acid.
Monday, September 26, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute's Workforce Program today released an analysis of salaries for geoscientists by industry relative to those of other scientific fields. Geoscience Currents 51 shows that in 2010, average aggregated salaries for geoscience-related occupations ranged from $137,660 for geoscience-related occupations in the finance and insurance industry to $69,949 for geoscience-related occupations in state government.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 16:05
Nearly 30 educational activities and resources have been added to the newly updated SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit, a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and the American Geological Institute (AGI), which provides earth science education resources in both Spanish and English.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) and the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) are pleased to announce the launch of CanGeoRef on September 15, 2011. CanGeoRef ( is a bibliographic database covering the Canadian geoscience literature since the early 1800's. CanGeoRef is the result of a cooperative arrangement between CFES and AGI with the intent to expand GeoRef access for smaller companies and individuals focused on Canadian geoscience.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 16:05
As EARTH details in its September feature, Thinking Outside the Rocks in the Search for Ancient Earthquakes," modern-day scientists are getting creative in the search for information about past quakes. Read more about how researchers are turning to old newspaper articles and photographs, folklore, petroglyphs, crumpled buildings and toppled monuments - and how learning about past quakes can help seismologists to assess future seismic risk."
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 16:05
Beginning September 2, the American Geological Institute (AGI) is offering deep discounts of up to 90% off on various titles for purchases made by October 1, 2011. All Global GIS CD-ROMs and DVDs are marked down to an incredible $10.00. Minerals: Foundations of Society and the Glossary of Hydrology (normally $40.00) will each be available for $10.00. The Glossary of Geology is on sale for $69.00 (regularly $99.95). Shipping is extra, while supplies last.
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 16:05
On a clear night in March, engineers and researchers gathered in Southern California and tuned into NASA TV to watch the launch of Glory, a potential game-changer in the climate change debate. Glory, a satellite a decade in the making, was designed to deliver critical information about small airborne particles called aerosols. The elusive particles account for much of the uncertainty in climate models, and data from the satellite would have helped scientists determine more of the aerosols' key properties than ever before. Instead, just minutes after launch, the rocket carrying Glory into space failed catastrophically and Glory's remains crashed into the southern Pacific Ocean near Antarctica. What happened? In A Day Without Glory" in the September issue, EARTH explores how Glory came to be, what scientists hoped it would show us, and ultimately, how it failed. The loss was heartbreaking."
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is expanding eligibility for its annual Earth Science Week photography contest to allow members of AGI International Affiliates to participate for the first time. Previously open only to residents of the United States, the photo contest has always been a major part of Earth Science Week, which this year is being celebrated October 9-15.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 16:05
Earth Science Week 2011 will kick-off with the fifth annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 9th. The public is invited to join the Geological Society of America (GSA), organizer of the global EarthCache program, and the American Geological Institute (AGI), Earth Science Week coordinators, in exploring this exciting and educational earth science experience.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) publication, One Man's Planet: Earth in Today's Political Culture" by Stephen Testa, can now be read on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch through iTunes. "
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute Foundation announces Mr. William N. Barkhouse as its new Executive Director.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 16:05
In Western Australia, visitors can tour two unusually accessible coral reefs. The reefs look similar enough to be fraternal twins, but they are separated in time by 400 million years. Ningaloo is a modern reef where visitors can snorkel amid spectacular reef-building organisms just a few meters from shore. It boasts one of the planet's healthiest reef environments, where 500 species of fish, 600 species of shellfish and more than 250 species of coral thrive. Ningaloo's twin," the now-dry Devonian-aged "Great Barrier Reef," is widely recognized as the world's best example of an ancient barrier reef, with creamy limestone layers providing an unparalleled window into the past."
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 16:05
Shipwreck enthusiasts find a bounty of nautical relics preserved in the chilly depths of the Great Lakes. But only within the last decade have explorers and scientists begun to reveal the secrets of a much different - and much more ancient - sunken treasure in Lake Huron: sinkholes.
Monday, July 18, 2011 - 16:05
China sent the high-tech industry and markets reeling last fall when it blocked exports of raw rare earth minerals to Japan, Europe and the U.S. The sudden severing of rare earths supply was a frightening prospect as the minerals are key ingredients in a broad range of high-tech products, from smartphones to wind turbines and hybrid cars. Although the bans have since been lifted, governments around the world saw the ban as a kind of wake-up call and started looking at ways to develop their own mineral resources - for rare earths as well as basic industry metals like copper and zinc.
Monday, July 11, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests as part of Earth Science Week 2011, celebrating the theme of "Our Ever-Changing Earth," October 9-15.
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to offer several top-selling publications as ebooks for both the Kindle and Nook e-readers, including for the first time Geowriting, 5th Edition" and the "Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2011" report."
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 16:05
For breathtaking volcanic scenery, few places have the variety found in Lassen Volcanic National Park in the Cascade Range of Northern California. The park boasts five varieties of volcanoes plus a vast volcanic landscape, with devastated areas, bubbling hot springs, boiling mud pots and fumaroles. The park also hosts multiple hiking trails.
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 16:05
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to offer the book, Mapping America: Exploring the Continent" (ISBN: 978-1-907317-08-8) as part of its extensive publications catalog."
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 16:05