Relative dating interactive
Part A Which of the following statements about relative and absolute age dating is most accurate?
Relative age dating places rocks and events in chronological order and can provide information about absolute age.
Absolute age dating: Have students work alone or in pairs to find an article or paper that uses radiometric age dating.Chart of a few different isotope half lifes: In reality, geologists tend to mix and match relative and absolute age dates to piece together a geologic history.If a rock has been partially melted, or otherwise metamorphosed, that causes complications for radiometric (absolute) age dating as well.Unlike people, you can’t really guess the age of a rock from looking at it.Yet, you’ve heard the news: Earth is 4.6 billion years old. That corn cob found in an ancient Native American fire pit is 1,000 years old. Geologic age dating—assigning an age to materials—is an entire discipline of its own.