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When Will Mexico Start To Frack For Natural Gas?
August 21 | Forbes
U.S. Natural Gas Market Sees Big Benefits From NAFTA
August 21 | Bloomberg
Will Shale Oil Ever Make Money?
August 21 | Journal of Petroleum Engineers
Pullback in U.S. Frac Sand Use Pressures Producers
August 20 | Reuters
What is Frac Sand?
August 20 | Geology.com

Aerial view of a frac sand processing facility in Wisconsin. Photo copyright by iStockphoto / BanksPhotos.

Interview with Kate Hutton, Staff Seismologist, California Institute of Technology
August 20 | Bakersfield.com
Proposed Changes to Myanmar Gemstone Laws will Give Access to Artisanal Miners
August 20 | Myanmar Times
A Gold Mine in Bulgaria?
August 20 | Mining
Where Is Bulgaria?

Geoscience Professors Are Gearing Up for Fall Semester
August 20 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
What Will Happen If You Look at the Eclipse WIthout Proper Glasses
August 20 | Quartz
A Photographer Shows What Happens If You Try to Shoot the Eclipse Without a Proper Filter
August 20 | The Verge
A Closer Look at an Undersea Source of Alaskan Earthquakes
August 20 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Fracking Jobs Prove Elusive for Coal Miners Looking to Switch
August 19 | Bloomberg
USS Indianapolis Discovered 18,000 Feet Below the Pacific
August 19 | CNN
De Beers Not Participating in GIA*s Mine-to-Market Program
August 19 | JCKonline.com
Small Towns Brace for Historic Eclipse Crowds
August 19 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Four Tropical Systems Active and Hurricane Season Has Not Hit Its Peak Yet
August 18 | Miami Herald

Female Geoscience Faculty Representation Grew Steadily Between 2006-2016
August 18 | American Geosciences Institute
This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipse
August 18 | Smithsonian.com
What Are Petroglyphs?
August 18 | Geology.com
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Mexico Deregulates Natural Gas Prices
August 18 | Energy Information Administration
China to Ban Primary Mercury Mining by 2032
August 18 | Mining.com
The Myth Of Natural Gas As A Bridging Fuel
August 18 | Forbes
This Is What The End Of Shale Will Look Like
August 18 | Forbes
Scientists Improve Forecast of Increasing Hazard on Ecuadorian Volcano
August 18 | University of Miami
Record-Breaking Smoke Over Canada
August 18 | NASA Earth Observatory

Aerosol index maps by NASA Earth Observatory.

Jupiter Storm of the High North
August 18 | NASA

A dynamic storm at the southern edge of Jupiter's northern polar region. Image by NASA.

High Strength Alloys for the Extreme Temperatures and Pressures of Deep Drilling
August 17 | World Oil
Manufacturers Urge DOE to Throttle LNG Exports
August 17 | Houston Chronicle
Recent Gulf of Mexico Offshore Block Auction Suggests Rising Interest in the Gulf
August 17 | Reuters
Zinc Prices Hit Decade-High
August 17 | Mining.com
A Gold Rush in Nicaragua
August 17 | Mining.com

UK*s Geology Unlikely to Support Fracking
August 17 | Heriot Watt University
Big Sky Country Sapphire: Visiting Montana*s Alluvial Deposits
August 17 | Gemological Institute of America
Laser Mapping Project Shows Effects of Physical Changes in Antarctica's Dry Valleys
August 17 | National Science Foundation

The Canada Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Photo by David Haney, National Science Foundation.

What It Takes to Recover From Drought
August 17 | The University of Utah

New Plate Adds Plot Twist to Ancient Tectonic Tale
August 17 | Rice University
These Five Diamonds Are All Cut from the Same Piece of Rough
August 16 | JCK Online

Photo of the 179-carat rough used to cut five spectacular diamonds. Photo by Alrosa.

Mining Returns to One of the Biggest Drivers of the U.S. Economy
August 17 | Mining.com
Breakneck U.S. Drilling Creates *Industrial Inventory* of Untapped Wells Waiting to Flow
August 16 | Houston Chronicle
A Sulfur-Rich Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia in 1257 Cooled Northern Europe for Years
August 16 | The Columbus Dispatch
Electric Blue Sulfur Flames at Kawah Ijen Volcano, Indonesia
August 16 | Geo
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Blue sulfur flames at the Solfatara of Indonesia*s Kawah Ijen Volcano. Image copyright by iStockphoto and mazzzur.

Cassini Begins Final Five Orbits Around Saturn
August 16 | NASA

Artist*s rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn*s upper atmosphere. NASA image.

Illinois State University Field Camp Receives Excellence Award
August 16 | Illinois State University
Geology Field Courses by 80 Universities
August 16 | Geology.com
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What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses
August 16 | Smithsonian.com
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This Odd-Looking Creature May Be the *Missing Link* in Dinosaur Evolution
August 16 | Los Angeles Times
To Feed the World, Improve Photosynthesis
August 16 | MIT Technology Review
Ancient Earthquake Turned Mosaic Workshop into Time Capsule
August 16 | LiveScience
Inclusions in Natural, Synthetic, and Treated Sapphire
August 16 | Gemological Institute of America
Fancy Sapphire
August 16 | Geology.com
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These colorful sapphires were produced at the Capricorn Sapphire Mine in Central Queensland, Australia. The mine produces deep blue sapphires and fancy sapphires in a wide range of yellow, green, and bluish green hues. The gems above are all natural-color sapphires without any treatments. Photos courtesy of Richland Gemstones, owner of the Capricorn Sapphire mine.

Hurricane Gert - Probable Path
August 16 | National Hurricane Center
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First Induced Seismicity Lawsuit Hearing in Oklahoma
August 16 | The Norman Transcript
USGS: Induced Earthquake Hazard Estimation
August 16 | United States Geological Survey
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How Friction Evolves During an Earthquake
August 16 | Phys.org
Sierra Leone Mudslide: 300 Dead, Red Cross Believes 600 Missing
August 16 | NBC News
U.S. Oil Drillers Keep Pressure on OPEC With Record Shale Output
August 16 | Bloomberg
Rig Counts by Production Region
August 15 | Energy Information Administration

Lithium from Geothermal Brines in Cornwall, England
August 15 | Mining.com
Monitoring Volcanoes According to Their Threat
August 15 | United States Geological Survey
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VEI: Volcanic Explosivity Index
August 15 | Geology.com
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REE-Bearing Minerals in Placers of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plains, USA
August 15 | United States Geological Survey
REE: What Are Rare Earth Elements?
August 15 | Geology.com
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A Moving Target: What You Need to Know About Drone Regulations
August 15 | Earth Magazine
Winged Mammals May Have Glided Above the Dinosaurs
August 15 | Smithsonian.com
An Update on Tourmaline from Luc Yen, Vietnam
August 15 | Gemological Institute of America
Surface Slip During Large Owens Valley Earthquakes
August 15 | United States Geological Survey
WY, TX and PA Are the Top U.S. Energy Suppliers
August 15 | Energy Information Administration
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Oil Companies Might Not Be Paying Proper Taxes in New Mexico
August 14 | U.S. News and World Report
Hundreds Buried or Drowned in Sierra Leone Mudslides and Floods
August 14 | The Washington Post
Where is Sierra Leone?
August 14 | Geology.com
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NSF Grant: AGU and Partners Aim at Gender Issues in Geosciences
August 14 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Tracking Meteor Trails to Study the Mesosphere
August 14 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
What is a Meteor?
August 14 | Geology.com

Early morning meteor. Photo copyright by Simon Filiatrault (click for more detail). Used with permission.

Amazon Is Cracking Down on Fake Eclipse Glasses That Could Get People Blinded
August 14 | Gizmodo
The Unexpected Origins of Big Diamonds
August 14 | Gemological Institute of America
Indonesian Cave Reveals Nearly 5,000 Years of Tsunamis
August 13 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
New Horizon*s Next Target Is an Oddly Shaped Asteroid
August 13 | Smithsonian.com

Asteroid 2014 MU69 may be composed of two spheres. Image by NASA.

BP Finds Prolific Shale Gas Source in New Mexico
August 13 | Houston Chronicle
Seabed Mining Project Approved in New Zealand Over Environmentalist Concerns
August 12 | Mining.com