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Carter County's caves topic of Watauga Historical Association program

Johnson City Press • Apr 3, 2018 at 5:02 PM

"The Caves of Carter County" will be the subject of a program by Dr. Mick Whitelaw during Thursday’s meeting of the Watauga Historical Association.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Tipton Haynes State Historical Site, South Roan Street in Johnson City.

Whitelaw received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Monash University, Australia, in 1983. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1990. His dissertation research employed magnetic polarity stratigraphy to date Pliocene and Pleistocene vertebrate fossil sites in southeastern Australia.

He held teaching positions at the University of Texas-El Paso and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette before moving to East Tennessee State University in 2003. He serves as a professor in the Department of Geosciences and as the director of the Honors-in-Discipline program in the ETSU Honors College.

Whitelaw specializes in East Tennessee stratigraphy and has directed research on the geology and hydrology of Morrel’s Cave, Rock House Cave and other caves in the area. He is also the site geologist for the Gray Fossil Site.

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