Geology student Kristen Baechtle recently presented research on the Nebraska Sand Hills during the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon.
by Public Relations
October 30, 2009
Geology student Kristen Baechtle recently presented research on the Nebraska Sand Hills during the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Portland, Oregon, October 18-21.
This annual meeting attracts thousands of geologists who converge to share their scientific work with one another. Baechtle, a sophomore at Cedarville, is part of the University’s new geology program that began in 2009. She is working with Dr. John Whitmore, associate professor of geology.
The Nebraska Sand Hills are a group of large sand dunes that cover much of the state of Nebraska and formed shortly after the Ice Age. They are now covered with grass and are the largest concentration of sand in the Western Hemisphere.
“My work on the Nebraska Sand Hills has prepared me well for a career in geology by giving me practical, hands on experience with research that is purposeful and beneficial to the geological community,” shares Baechtle. “I was able to gain experience in designing and carrying out research procedures, as well as learning how to use different forms technology to gather and interpret data.”
Baechtle’s statistical studies on sand samples were collected from a north-south transect through the sand hills. She found no significant change in grain size or mineralogy throughout the study area. Her conclusions are important for research work Whitmore is conducting on another large sand deposit, the Coconino Sandstone, of the Grand Canyon.
It is unusual for students to present research at the GSA meeting, unless they are highly motivated and have completed significant research.
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