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2011 News Releases

Earth Science Teaching Prize Eligibility Expanded
More teachers than ever before are now eligible to win The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. In addition to U.S. teachers, instructors throughout the United Kingdom now have the opportunity to compete for the prize.

Posted 12/20/2011

EarthNote: Critical Minerals
What would you do without your cell phone and computer? How about your car? Could you function in modern society without these contemporary devices? All of these technological marvels require no fewer than 60 different elements to function, and these elements come from a finite supply of mineral commodities. These critical minerals are defined by their dollar value, the availability of substitutes, and their ever increasing demand. In a new EarthNote, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) outlines what makes a mineral "critical" and how the sudden loss of these resources could impact both the U.S. and global economy.

Posted 11/30/2011

EARTH: Highlights of 2011 - New Zealand: after 8,000 aftershocks, when will it stop?
"You know you are from Christchurch when…" you manage to keep your sense of humor through a year of nonstop hardship. This phrase, coined by Christchurch native Bruce Raines, exploded on Facebook and takes on a multitude of equally morose and light-hearted endings. These phrases accurately capture the spirit of the local inhabitants after a series of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the city, dramatically changing life for all Cantabrians. Homes and historic buildings were leveled, and everyday luxuries such as electricity and plumbing were lost. However, while those of us on the outside watched the disaster unfold for a few days, we were able to safely return to our heated homes and refreshing showers. To this day, many Cantabrians are stuck in a permanent "camping mode:" boiling water, and using primitive outhouses when available. In the December issue of EARTH magazine, learn more about how the citizens of Christchurch are coping with the disaster, one aftershock at a time.

Posted 11/28/2011

EARTH: Highlights of 2011 - Energy and Economics 2011-2012
Is the United States entering its "Lost Decade"? A crunch on natural resources coupled with a crippling economic crisis and an aging workforce threaten to hurl us into a decade—or more—of grudgingly slow development akin to that of the Japanese after their own real estate bust a few decades ago. Will the United States learn from past mistakes in order to reconcile economic growth with environmental safety? In the December issue of EARTH Magazine, learn how the facts and the fallacies measure up to the increasing challenges facing the United States in 2012 and beyond.

Posted 11/21/2011

AGI Releases Revised Glossary of Geology
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the release of the Glossary of Geology, Fifth Edition (revised) ISBN: 978-0-922152-89-6.

Posted 11/17/2011

EARTH: Geotextile Structures – from sludge to shoreline protection to surfing
What do geology and textiles have in common? More than you might think. Since the 1980s, coastal, ocean and hydraulic engineers have been reinforcing coastlines and cleaning up contaminated water from dredge materials and other sludges and slurries with a revolutionary fabric that combines the strength of certain textiles with geoscientific know-how. So far, geotextile structures have been an integral tool in protecting our delicate coastlines; however, the relative infancy of the innovation leaves many questions unanswered about how these geotechnical marvels will interact with the natural environments they are built to protect.

Posted 11/14/2011

AGI Accepting Applications for the 2012-2013 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship
What do energy resources for the future, understanding earthquakes to improve resiliency, and educating the next generation of geoscientists all have in common? Federal policymaking informed by the geosciences. If you are passionate about the role geoscience plays in the federal legislative process, consider applying for the American Geosciences Institute's William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship for 2012-2013. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend a year on Capitol Hill working in a congressional office and learning about the legislative process.

Posted 11/08/2011

EARTH: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
What would it take for millions of Americans to make the switch from traditional gasoline-powered cars to natural gas vehicles (NGVs)? In what seems like a replay of a bad 1970s movie — with high oil prices, prominent energy security risks and fluctuating emissions and regulations — Americans are looking for alternatives to gasoline. EARTH magazine put NGVs to the test in the November issue. Author Castlen Kennedy buckled up for the ride of her life as she and some of her colleagues conducted a 10-day, 4,200-kilometer-long, cross-country trip in a natural gas powered SUV to gain firsthand exposure to the benefits and downfalls of natural gas vehicles.

Posted 11/08/2011

EARTH: Return of the Dust Bowl: Geoscientists Predict a Dry, Dusty Future for the American West
Haboobs, giant dust storms, walloped Arizona last summer — some close to 2 kilometers high and 160 kilometers wide — knocking out electricity, creating traffic jams and grounding airplanes. Even old-timers say they can't remember anything quite like this year's aerial assaults. Meanwhile Texas is experiencing one of the most extreme droughts in recent history, with almost 90 percent of the state in the most extreme level of drought. Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and other states are also experiencing drought conditions. The worry is that this might just be the start of a trend, as EARTH reports in the November issue: Over the next couple of decades, researchers say, the American West will transition to an environment that may make the 1930s Dust Bowl seem mild and brief.

Posted 11/03/2011

AGI Boosts STEM Education with NASA Triad Site
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) will provide an online professional development guide for workshops on NASA geoscience, technology, engineering and mathematics content with the official launch of the NASA Triad web site on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.

Posted 11/02/2011

AGI Examines Geoscience Students' Society Membership Choices
The American Geosciences Institute has released a new Geoscience Currents that examines the choices by geoscience students when provided up to five free memberships in geoscience societies. Data from 2009-2011 is presented showing trends in student preferences and/or influences from advisors. AGI's Geoscience Currents provide snapshots of helpful data regarding current trends and the status of the geoscience discipline.

Posted 10/28/2011

Tool-up to inspire future geoscientists
Geoscience careers encompass a diverse set of opportunities that appeal to a wide range of individuals. Geoscientists work all over the planet—in all possible work environments— in support of stewardship of the Earth. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has created a series of educational brochures and career guides to inspire the next generation of geoscientists. These materials answer the question, why geoscience?, and shed light on the positive job environment during the difficult economic climate.

Posted 10/20/2011

AGI Accepting Applications for 2012 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching
Does someone you know teach Earth science to students between kindergarten and eighth grade? Do they excel in their teaching through leadership and innovation, bringing new ideas and approaches to teaching about our planet? If so, they may be eligible for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award recognizes one classroom teacher nationwide for his or her leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

Posted 10/07/2011

Explore 'Big Ideas' of Geoscience with Earth Science Week 2011
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) now offers free videos and other electronic resources to help students, educators, and others explore the "big ideas" of Earth science during Earth Science Week 2011 (9-15 October) and throughout the year.

Posted 10/07/2011

EARTH: Down to Earth with Nobel Prize winner Adam Riess
The universe is repulsive, but in a good way. In 2008, while studying bursts of light emitted from exploding stars, newly named Nobel Laureates Adam Riess, Saul Perlmutter and Brian P. Schmidt discovered one of the most mysterious, yet prevalent, components of our universe: dark energy. The three were using the brightness and color from supernovae to determine the speed with which the universe expanded in the past, versus how fast it is expanding now. What they discovered completely transformed how astronomers view the evolution of space. The growth of our universe through time is accelerating. The culprit? Dark energy.

Posted 10/05/2011

EARTH: Cold Case Files; Forging Forensic Isoscapes
As EARTH explores in "Cold Case Files: Forging Forensic Isoscapes," the potential usefulness of isoscapes is wide-ranging and thrilling: By measuring the isotopic ratios in anything from bones to hair to plants to gems, and then comparing those values (perhaps even changing over time, as bones, plants and teeth grow) with an isoscape, it might be possible to track human geographic origins, identify the source of illicit drugs, detect counterfeit food products and follow the migration of wildlife.

Posted 10/03/2011

AGI Announces Wayne D. Pennington as its 2012 President
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce Dr. Wayne D. Pennington as its new President. He will be inducted at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Posted 10/03/2011

AGI becomes the American Geosciences Institute
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is announcing that as of October 1, 2011 it is formally adopting the name the American Geosciences Institute.

Posted 09/30/2011

Harrison H. Schmitt to receive 2011 Ian Campbell Medal
Harrison H. Schmitt has been named the 30th recipient of the Medal in honor of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences. Schmitt will be presented this prestigious award at the Geological Society of America Presidential Address Ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 9, 2011.

Posted 09/30/2011

AGI Announces New 2012 Executive Committee Members
The American Geological Institute (AGI) welcomes three new Executive Committee members: Sharon Mosher, President-Elect; Michael D. Lawless, Treasurer; and John G. Parrish, Member-at-Large.

Posted 09/30/2011

Ian D. MacGregor receives William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI
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.

Posted 09/28/2011

EARTH: South Africa's Toxic Legacy: Acid mine drainage threatens water supplies
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.

Posted 09/26/2011

National Fossil Day to Be Held During Earth Science Week 2011
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).

Posted 09/26/2011

Earth Science Education Toolkit Expands Spanish, English Offerings
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.

Posted 09/20/2011

Finance Sector Top Industry for Geoscientist Salaries
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.

Posted 09/20/2011

CanGeoRef Launches, Bringing Focus to Canada-Related Geoscience Research
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.

Posted 09/15/2011

EARTH: Thinking Outside the Rocks in the Search for Ancient Earthquakes
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.

Posted 09/02/2011

AGI Announces Fall Publications Sale
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.

Posted 09/02/2011

Earth Science Week Contest Expanded Internationally
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.

Posted 08/26/2011

EARTH: A day without glory
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.

Posted 08/26/2011

Earth Science Week Kicks Off with International EarthCache Day
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.

Posted 08/02/2011

One Man's Planet now Available on iTunes
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.

Posted 07/29/2011

AGI Foundation Announces New Executive Director
The American Geological Institute Foundation announces Mr. William N. Barkhouse as its new Executive Director.

Posted 07/27/2011

EARTH: Travels in Geology: Twin Coral Reefs in Western Australia
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.

Posted 07/25/2011

EARTH: Great Lakes Geologic Sunken Treasure
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.

Posted 07/18/2011

EARTH: Is There Really a Minerals Crisis?
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.

Posted 07/11/2011

Earth Science Week 2011 Contest Themes Announced
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.

Posted 07/07/2011

AGI expands its eBooks offerings, including Geowriting
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.

Posted 06/29/2011

EARTH: Travels in Geology: Lassen Volcanic National Park
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.

Posted 06/27/2011

AGI Offers Publication, Mapping America
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.

Posted 06/23/2011

EARTH: Endangered Snow: How Climate Change Threatens West Coast Water Supplies
From Seattle to Los Angeles, anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the water people use comes from mountain snow. Snow falls in the mountains in the winter, where it's stored as snowpack until spring and summer when it flows down the mountains into reservoirs. It's a clean, reliable source of water. But soon, it may become less dependable, thanks to climate change.

Posted 06/20/2011

EARTH: Creationism Creeps into Mainstream Geology
In almost every way, the "Garden of the Gods at Colorado Springs" excursion at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) last year was a normal — even enjoyable — field trip. Standard geologic terminology was used in the accompanying field trip guide and the guides relied on orthodox geologic thinking to explain geologic features. But in reality, the trip was anything but a normal geology field trip.

Posted 06/13/2011

EARTH: Travels in Geology: Stonehammer Geopark
Geoparks strive to connect people with the landscape, highlighting the intersection of society and geology. They also encourage sustainable economic development, most often through geotourism. The result is a fun and picturesque travel destination where geology can be experienced in many ways. The first of these parks in North America is Stonehammer Geopark, a 2,500-square-kilometer site along the rugged Bay of Fundy on Canada's southeast coast, centered on Saint John, New Brunswick.

Posted 06/06/2011

Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2011 Report is now Available
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has just released the "Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2011" report for digital, print and ebook purchase.

Posted 06/01/2011

EARTH: D-Day's Legacy Sands
Next week marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy, France, and changed the face of World War II. Not much evidence of the war remains in Normandy: a few dilapidated relics, a cemetery, a war memorial. But something else was left behind that cannot be seen by the naked eye: shrapnel and iron and glass beads left over from the D-Day invasions in 1944.

Posted 05/31/2011

Geoscience Careers in Minerals Exploration Webinar now Online
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has posted the GeoConnection Webinar "Geoscience Careers in Minerals Exploration" online for those who were not able to attend the original event on April 21, 2011.

Posted 05/26/2011

EARTH: Waves of Disaster: Lessons from Japan and New Zealand
On Feb. 22, a magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing nearly 200 people and causing $12 billion in damage. About three weeks later, a massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck northern Honshu, Japan. The quake and tsunami killed about 30,000 people and caused an estimated $310 billion in damage. Both events are stark reminders of human vulnerability to natural disasters and provide a harsh reality check: Even technologically advanced countries with modern building codes are not immune from earthquake disasters.

Posted 05/24/2011

EARTH: Mysterious Disease Sounds the Death Knell for Bats
Hundreds of thousands of tiny white-nosed bats have died over the past few winters, falling to cave floors across the eastern United States. The killer is White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious disease inflicted by an unusual cold-loving fungus that attacks bats while they are hibernating. Come spring, as few as 5 percent of the bats in heavily infected roosts are still alive. More than 2 million bats have already been killed by the disease. And the prognosis could get worse, as White Nose Sydrome is spreading westward at an alarming rate.

Posted 05/19/2011

Robert H. Dott, Jr. awarded Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce Dr. Robert H. Dott, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Department of Geoscience of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the recipient of the 2011 Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a geoscientist who has demonstrated a long history of scientific achievement and exceptional service to the geoscience profession.

Posted 05/17/2011

AGI Executive Director Named to UNESCO Membership
Dr. P. Patrick Leahy, American Geological Institute (AGI) Executive Director has been appointed as a Commissioner to the U.S. National Commission to United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by Secretary of State Clinton.

Posted 05/12/2011

Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkits Available for Order
The American Geological Institute is now accepting advance orders for the 2011 Earth Science Week Toolkit, which contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's theme of "Our Ever-Changing Earth." The Toolkit will be sent in August 2011.

Posted 05/10/2011

Student-to-Professional Continuum Webinar now Online
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has made available the recorded version of the webinar roundtable "A Secure Future for Energy, Environment and Hazard Mitigation: Retaining students through the Student-to-Professional Continuum in the Geosciences."

Posted 05/03/2011

Earth Science Educational Kits on Sale
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is offering Earth Science Toolkits for $5.00 each now through the end of May, 2011.

Posted 04/29/2011

EARTH: Tracking Trace Elements and Isotopes in the Oceans
Last fall, EARTH caught up with geochemistry grad student Jeremy Jacquot as he was about to embark on the first U.S.-led GEOTRACES cruise across the Atlantic, where he and 32 researchers were hoping to measure and track concentrations of various trace elements and isotopes. This month, in "Tracking Trace Elements and Isotopes in the Oceans," we follow up with Jacquot as he details the highs, lows and initial findings from the cruise, which was unfortunately cut short due to a ship malfunction.

Posted 04/26/2011

AGI Announces GeoConnection Webinar
A Secure Future for Energy, Environment and Hazard Mitigation: Retaining students through the Student-to-Professional Continuum in the Geosciences. April 18, 2011: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (US EDT)

Posted 04/08/2011

ExxonMobil to receive 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of Geosciences
ExxonMobil Corporation will receive the American Geological Institute (AGI) 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Public Understanding of the Geosciences. The award will be presented at the AGI Past Presidents Dinner during the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention in Houston on April 10.

Posted 03/29/2011

YES Network -APECS Townhall Meeting at EGU 2011 General Assembly to be Webcast by AGI
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the YES Network, a professional global network for the support of early-career professionals and students in the geosciences, is the first International Associate of the AGI Federation.

Posted 03/24/2011

EARTH: Rise of Community Remote Sensing
If you ask someone involved in community remote sensing to define the emerging field, the most likely response will be a chuckle followed by "That's a hard question to answer…" At its core, the movement is about remote sensing - collecting data from afar. Remote sensing has revolutionized science and Earth monitoring, but it fails to collect data at the hyper-local level. And that's where the community comes in.

Posted 03/22/2011

EARTH: Still in a Haze: Black Carbon
Black carbon - fine particles of soot in the atmosphere produced from the burning of fossil fuels or biomass - a major contributor to the thick hazes of pollution hovering over cities around the world, has been known to be a health hazard for decades. But over the last decade, scientists have been examining in increasing detail the various ways in which these particles contribute to another hazard: heating up the planet.

Posted 03/15/2011

EARTH: ALIVE! Bacteria Back From the Brink
In 1993, "Jurassic Park" thrilled the world with the idea that dinosaurs could be resurrected from bits of DNA preserved in mosquitoes trapped in ancient amber. In the 18 years since the movie came out, scientists have been finding that parts of this scenario are closer to reality than anyone ever imagined: Researchers have found microbes living for tens of thousands - and maybe millions - of years inside salt crystals.

Posted 03/07/2011

EARTH: A Decade-Plus of Tracking Lunar Larceny
In the back alleys of the world's capitals and the ballrooms of presidential palaces exists a black market that preys on the imagination of some and the greed of others. These black-market items are not of this world: They are moon rocks, collected decades ago by six Apollo missions and three unmanned Soviet missions to the moon.

Posted 02/22/2011

AGI Welcomes International Medical Geology Association
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to welcome its 49th Member Society, the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA).

Posted 02/17/2011

EARTH: Oil and Water Help U.S. Win World War II
The U.S. had two key strategic advantages over the Axis in World War II: oil and water. Although other factors played major roles in the U.S. and its allies winning the war, these two natural resources played a much larger role than recognized.

Posted 02/15/2011

AGI Welcomes the National Cave and Karst Research Institute
The American Geological Institute is pleased to announce the 48th Member Society of the AGI Federation, The National Cave and Karst Research Institute.

Posted 02/09/2011

AGI Announces Winner of 2011 Edward C. Roy Award
Greer Lynn Harvell, a teacher at Clifford C. Meigs Middle School in Shalimar, Florida, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching.

Posted 02/08/2011

EARTH: Geo-Travels: Exploring Colorado's Peaks and Dunes
Majestic snow-capped "fourteeners," alpine meadows carpeted in wildflowers, pristine mountain lakes. These are the images most people associate with Colorado. But charming mountain terrain is not the only attraction the Centennial State has to offer the geotraveler. One of Colorado's lesser-known geologic marvels is a vast field of sand dunes - the tallest in North America - a site sure to thrill anyone.

Posted 02/07/2011

Our Ever-Changing Earth - The 2011 Earth Science Week Theme
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the theme of Earth Science Week 2011 will be "Our Ever-Changing Earth." This year's event will engage the public in actively learning about the varied and interconnected natural processes that shape our planet over time.

Posted 02/04/2011

YES Network becomes AGI's First International Associate
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the YES Network, a professional global network for the support of early-career professionals and students in the geosciences, is the first International Associate of the AGI Federation.

Posted 02/02/2011

EARTH: How Dinosaurs Arose
Ask your kid what happened to the dinosaurs, and he or she will likely tell you that an asteroid killed them all. But ask how dinosaurs rose to prominence and you'll likely get a blank stare. Even many paleontologists may have little to say about the subject. But now, as EARTH explores in a feature in the February issue, new fossil discoveries are revealing the backstory of the rise of dinosaurs.

Posted 01/18/2011

EARTH: Finding New Oil and Gas Frontiers
Where to next in the search for oil and gas? EARTH examines several possible new frontiers - including the Arctic, the Falkland Islands, the Levant, Trinidad and Tobago and Sudan - where oil and gas exploration are starting to take hold. One of those places, Sudan, is in the news for other reasons: South Sudan voted yesterday on whether to secede from North Sudan.

Posted 01/10/2011

EARTH: OPEC and Oil: The Next 50 Years
Over the past five decades, OPEC has earned a reputation for being a powerful cartel that controls the world's oil production and prices - but there are limits to OPEC's influence and wealth. In fact, many OPEC countries face grave problems, which are to some extent the result of their oil-income dependence. EARTH examines OPEC's past, current and future place in this world. Will OPEC continue to control the planet's oil for the next 50 years?

Posted 01/04/2011

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