March 11 at 7pm
Coconino Sandstone – A Flood Deposit?
By Geochemist, Raymond Strom
Abstract: The Coconino Sandstone has historically been considered to be a wind deposit (aeolian) in a vast erg or sand sea. This deposit, which is the third formation down from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, had been presumed to be aeolian based on cursory data. This conclusion had been based on bed angles, grain size and roundness, and other characteristics thought to be associated with desert environments. Little actual technical work had been done, however, on the rocks themselves to determine if, in particular, the microscopic data supported this hypothesis. In the Creation community, Dr. Steve Austin and Dr. Andrew Snelling had looked at the macro features of the Coconino and had concluded that conventional models were inadequate to support the aeolian interpretation. In 2005, the Flood Activated Sedimentation and Tectonics (FAST) group was formed at the instigation of the ICR and Dr. Austin. Three individuals were assigned to the project – Dr. John Whitmore, Paul Garner and Raymond Strom, each with a special interest and set of expertise that would be brought to bear. Initially, the group was uncertain as to what would be found, but as the project proceeded, many amazing surprises surfaced.
This will be a night you will not want to miss, as this represents a complete revamping of a dogmatic evolutionary model.
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