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Jeju, Korea, a universally famous vacation spot with natural resources attracting many tourists, has also recently attracted scientific interest, revealing that the volcano on the island, last erupted about 5,000 years ago, placing it in the list of active volcanoes worldwide.

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A sophisticated numerical study comes to verify the engineering practice regarding the use of soil filters in dams' earthquake protection. The specific method has been in use for over half a century, with design standards relying exclusively on experimental studies. The new study now offers the capability to further investigate the effectiveness of soil filter use and explore new earthquake-proofing arrangements.

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The Appalachian mountains form a 1500 mile long almost straight chain running from Alabama to Newfoundland. The interesting bend observed in Pennsylvania and New York State was recently explained by researchers in the College of New Jersey and the University of Rochester. It is attributed to an underground block of dense and rigid volcanic rock formation which compelled the mountain chain to move to the east, during its formation years. The research team's findings appeared in the journal of Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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Non-profit's organization survey and analyses on climate change, point out that South and North Carolina face the threat of extreme flood events as a result of sea level rise. Climate Central of Princeton in New Jersey, plans on releasing the same report on Georgia in the following days. Information on different flooding scenarios are available on an interactive map for all coastal U.S. areas! 

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According to a statement, released by World Bank, Sri Lanka is the first South Asian country to receive funding for natural disaster protection works. The development policy loian of $102mn comes with a Catastrophe Differed Drawdown Option, meaning that credit can be drawn partially or in full if the country declares a state of disaster. 

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A new report with updated earthquake maps, issued by the U.S. Geological Survey, reveals the 16 states recognized as high risk areas for seismic activity. In addition, areas of 42 states, located in the country's western half, Midwest and Southeast have been identified to be at risk of earthquakes in the next 50 years, while the report includes geologists' predictions of the places, intensity and frequency of future shakes.

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A mega-project natural gas pipeline, proposed to pass through Michigan heading to Ontario, upsets Michigan residents, who fear that their properties will be torn up again as it happened with the Line 6B about a year ago. Despite the construction company's estimates of thousands of new temporary as well as permanent jobs and tax revenue benefits, locals strongly oppose the pipeline construction perspective.

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Geocomp is awarded a contract to provide Structural Health Monitoring for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, in South Nyack and Tarrytown over Hudson River in New York.

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An educational initiative aiming in introducing secondary school students to the duties of geotechnical engineers was undertaken by the Hong Kong government early July. The Day Camp included a series of talks and hands-on activities for efficient understanding of the basic principles of soil mechanics. 

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Geoengineer.org would like to extend a warm welcome to its newest annual corporate sponsor, Wykeham Farrance, brand of the Controls Group, and thank them for their valued support to our efforts to advance the geoprofession!

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