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geoz 44 March 2012

NEWSBREAKERS

Physics explains Why the 'Man in the Moon' faces Earth

Man in the Moon

Unlike a coin that has a 50:50 chance of showing heads or tails when it is tossed into the air, the Moon "was loaded" and now we have a greater understanding of the cause of the Moon’s rotation.

Image courtesy of ABC Science


http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/03/15/3453344.htm








FROM THE DIVISIONStop

Divisional information is regularly updated at http://gsa.org.au/events/divisionmeetings.html
Check this site for more recent information on the following events:

Australian Capital Territory

Regular meetings: Third Tuesday of each month (Except January)
Jaeger Lecture Theatre, Jaeger Building (Building 61), Australian National University For more information: diane.jorgensen@ga.gov.au

New South Wales

2012 meeting dates to be advised
For more information: meetings@nsw.gsa.org.au

Queensland

2012 meeting dates to be advised
For more information: info@qld.gsa.org.au

South Australia

Regular meetings: Third Thursday of each month (except January)
The Mawson Theatre, Mawson Laboratories, Adelaide University, 5.15 pm for 6.15 pm
For more information: jim.jago@unisa.edu.au

Tasmania

2012 meeting dates to be advised
For more information: mduffett@mrt.tas.gov.au

Thursday 29th March 2012
Professor Robert Glennon, 2012 Distinguished Lecturer, National Centre for Ground water Research and Training
Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to do about it
School of Earth Sciences, Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania 6pm

Thursday 26th April 2012
Dr Rebecca Cary
Title to be advised but something to do with Volcanism
School of Earth Sciences, Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania 6pm

Thursday 24th May 2012
Chairman's Lecture Dr Garry Davidson
Annual General Meeting:“Andean lakes, stalactites, champagne, and Western Australian gold: you’ll see the link by the end.”
School of Earth Sciences, Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania 6pm

Victoria

2012 meeting dates to be advised
For more information: secretary@vic.gsa.org.au

Western Australia

Regular meetings: First Wednesday of each month (except December and January)
Irish Club of WA, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco, 5.30pm
For more information: info@wa.gsa.org.au

GSA EVENTStop

GSA membership

Members can update their details or renew their membership online. Need help? Don’t know your membership number, not sure if you have renewed? If in doubt, please contact the GSA office: info@gsa.org.au.

National Rock Garden newsletter now available

Rock garden advert


The National Rock Garden, launched at the 2010 Australian Earth Sciences Convention in Canberra, will have up to 100 large specimens of the country's most iconic rocks, each weighing approximately 10–15 tonnes. To find out how you can contribute follow this link:
NationalRockGarden.pdf


To download the latest National Rock Garden newsletter just click this link.

If you would like to join the Friends of the National Rock Garden and receive newsletters and information directly by email please send a request to rockgarden@gsa.org.au

Image courtesy of Doug Finlayson










Moruya

Moruya Granite a rock of national status. Used on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Mined at Moruya more than 80 years ago. Moruya is a small town on the South Coast of NSW. 80 years later and they are still mining Moruya granite. Rocks building Australia.


Image courtesy of State Records NSW


http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/2849924824/






ESWA – A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds available now


Earth Science Western Australia – A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds
Edited by John A Bunting
Available now from the GSA bookshophttp://gsa.org.au/publications/index.html

IN THE NEWStop

Microraptor, a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur

Microraptor, a pigeon-sized, four winged dinosaur

Scientists reveal the colour and feather pattern of a four-winged dinosaur that lived about 130 million years ago. The findings provide a vital link in the early evolution of feathers.

Image courtesy of Physorg.com


http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-four-winged-dinosaur-feathers-black-iridescent.html











Sunny one day, hazy the next

Early Earth hazy one day, clear the next

Recent research from the University of Newcastle, is consistent with earlier Australian stromatolite fossils research by Professor Malcolm Walter. Earth’s early atmosphere was in a state of flux.

Image courtesy of ABC Science


http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/03/19/3454379.htm

ON THE WEBtop

Elements online – an Interactive Periodic Table

Includes fun facts , phase, category, atomic weight and additional links for more detail. Helpful for students and teachers, thanks to Scientific American
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chemistry-the-elements-revealed-interactive-periodic-table

34th IGC news 4th Circular released!

This Fourth Circular includes a full guide to the Field Trips and full itineraries for each of these trips are provided. Updates have also been made to the scientific program.
http://www.34igc.org/FileLibrary/34igc_fourth_circular_v7.pdf


Interview with Brian Schmidt

Interview with Brian Schmidt

Jude Dineley from Cosmos interviews Australia’s Chief Scientist and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt on science enrolments trends.
Image courtesy of ANU
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/features/online/5396/interview-brian-schmidt



IN THE MEDIAtop

Rectangular-shaped galaxy revealed

Don’t let this dwarf-like status fool you, this is one sparkling galaxy with 50 times fewer stars than our galaxy, it rectangular shape is unusual.
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5425/astronomers-discover-emerald-cut-galaxy

Another rock star or celebrity boulder?

From Riverside to Los Angeles, this boulder has its own website, tour map, artist and a twitter feed. At 340-tonne it certainly is a boulder of significance.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/03/lacmas-michael-govan-talks-about-his-new-rock-star.html

Giant rock rolling towards LACMA

What's in AJEStop

The Australian Journal of Earth Sciences online is available through the Taylor & Francis' website: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/taje20. It is very easy to navigate and use.

Volume 59 Issue No.2 - Coming to you soon

T. R. Ireland
Oxygen isotope tracing of the Solar System.

C O’Neill
Tectonothermal evolution of solid planets and moons.

R. Salmeron
The environment and physics of the early solar system.

F Jourdan
The 40Ar/39Ar dating technique applied to planetary sciences.

E. G. Jones & C. H. Lineweaver
Using the Phase Diagram of Liquid Water to Search For Life.

G. Caprarelli & B. Y. Wang
Wet Mars implications of revised scaling calculations for Evros Vallis.

D. Wacey
Earliest evidence for life on Earth – an Australian perspective.

A. P. Nutman, V. C. Bennett & C. R. L. Friend
Waves and weathering at 3.7 Ga: Geologic evidence for an equitable terrestrial climate under the faint early Sun

P. A. Bland, P. Spurny, A. W. R. Bevan, K. T. Howard, M. C. Towner, G. K. Benedix, R. C. Greenwood, L. Shrbený, I. A. Franchi, G. Deacon, J. Borovi?ka, Z. Ceplecha, D. Vaughan & R. M. Hough
The Australian Desert Fireball Network: A new era for planetary science.

A. A. Nemchin, M. L. Grange, R. T. Pidgeon & C. Meyer
Lunar zirconology.

M. D. Norman, K. J. D. Adena & A. G. Christy
Provenance and Pb isotopic ages of volcanic and impact glasses from the Apollo 17 landing site on the Moon.

B. J. O’Brien
Apollo measurements of lunar dust amidst geology priorities.

Coming up in TAGtop

March TAG delivered & AusMOHO and beyond explored

Have you got your copy of Issue #162? Read David Branagan’s history of Mapping, Brian Kennett’s AustMOHO and beyond and Pat Quilty’s final part of the Antarctic Exploration trilogy.

Don't miss out on your issue, pay your 2012 membership dues and update your mailing address if you need to.

Deadline for June 2012 submissions: 30 April 2012

Follow the TAG link to submit material for 2012 editions or to find out more: http://www.gsa.org.au/publications/tag.html or email tag@gsa.org.au

WHAT'S ONtop



34th IGC Early-bird registration open

Early bird registration fees, together with accommodation options and social events, have now been released.
This offer enables delegates to register for the 34th IGC at a reduced rate.
http://bit.ly/mRHsZ0

Nominations deadline March 30 2012

The International Commission on Stratigraphy
seeking nominations for the Digby McLaren Medal and the ICS Medal

Awarded to outstanding geoscientists every four years during an International Geological Congress.
PDF for download

Call for Papers - Abstract deadline March 30 2012

6th Biennial Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) Workshop
Brisbane, 1–4 August 2012

First Circular now available for download
http://bit.ly/oQQP1P

Mudgee Mining, Mudgee 20-21 March 2012

Parklands Resort & Conference Centre
http://www.informa.com.au/conferences/mining/operations/mudgee-mining

Environmental Geochemistry of Mine Site Pollution, Perth, 21-22 March 2012

An Introduction - Short Course
http://bit.ly/o9XAIF

AGES2012, Alice Springs, 26-28 March 2012

Northern Territory Survey Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar
http://bit.ly/AbTFUE

Deep Mining 2012, City, 28-30 March 2012

Sixth International Seminar on Deep and High Stress Mining
http://bit.ly/rxPVD9

Latest Research in Space Biology, Melbourne, 29 March 2011

Presented by Dr. Richard Wassersug
http://bit.ly/xRAdIy

Minerals Week 2012, Canberra, 29 May - 1 June 2012

Minerals Council of Australia
http://www.minerals.org.au/focus/mca_events

Petascale Computational Geoscience, Mandurah 13-16 May 2012

CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering
http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Events/Western-Australia/Petascale-Computational-Geoscience-Symposium.aspx

6th Biennial Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) Workshop, Brisbane, 1–4 August 2012

First Circular now available for download
http://bit.ly/oQQP1P

34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, 5–10 August 2012

Unearthing our Past and Future
http://www.34igc.org/

Nominations deadline March 30 2012

The International Commission on Stratigraphy
seeking nominations for the Digby McLaren Medal and the ICS Medal

Awarded to outstanding geoscientists every four years during an International Geological Congress.
PDF for download

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