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Describe the difference between relative dating and absolute dating. Describe how the two methods were used together to develop the geologic time scale.

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Relative Dating vs. Absolute Dating

• Dating techniques are used in archeology to ascertain the age of old artifacts and a broad classification of these methods bifurcates them in relative dating and absolute dating

• Relative dating comes to a conclusion based upon the study of layer formation of rocks. Upper most layers are considered the youngest while the lowermost deposition is considered as oldest.

• Relative dating does not tell the exact age, it can only compare items as younger and older.

• Absolute dating techniques can tell the exact age of an artifact by employing various techniques, the most popular being C-14 dating.


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