by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio Every Fall America`s top geologists get together to debate, present and collaborate on all things geoscience. Cedarville University Associate Professor of Geology Dr. John Whitmore presented his research findings on the Coconino Sandstone of the Grand Canyon at the 117th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Approximately 6,200 geoscientists attended the October 16-19 annual convention held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Utilizing rock samples collected from Grand Canyon National Park, Whitmore presented evidence that the sand-filled cracks found at the base of the Coconino Sandstone are intrusions of liquefied sand. These features formed when sand was forcibly injected during an ancient earthquake. Whitmore`s presentation places in question current geological theory that maintains that sand-filled cracks found in the Coconino Sandstone were simply mud cracks formed over millions of years. This study is a part of a growing body of evidence that the Coconino was deposited underwater. Whitmore earned his Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis in paleontology from Loma Linda University (2003). He also holds a B.S. in geology from Kent State University (1985) and an M.S. in geology from the Institute for Creation Research (1991). Whitmore currently resides in Cedarville.