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Ch 23: HiSET: Earth Science & Geologic Time

About This Chapter

This chapter takes you through several lessons about earth science and geologic time that include the principles of radiometric dating. Your comprehension of each topic can be quickly measured with the practice quizzes.

Earth Science & Geologic Time - Chapter Summary

You'll come across the different conditions of fossil preservation and other aspects of geologic time as you watch all the lessons in this chapter. Your grasp of these concepts will be strengthened with the short and effective video lessons. Some topics covered in the chapter are as follows:

  • Radiometric, numerical and relative dating
  • Theories of geological evolution
  • Renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • Landform diagrams
  • The effect of erosion and deposition on landforms
  • Major eons, eras epochs and periods

The video lessons utilized in this chapter are short and can be viewed in about 5-10 minutes. Each lesson comes with a transcript that has a clean and organized look with subheadings and key terms listed in bold. Video tags make it easy for you to go back and forth between major parts of each video.

HiSET Science Objectives

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam offered in several states. It has five subtests, including science. Questions about earth science and geologic time make up 21% of the HiSET Science subtest's 50 multiple-choice questions. Test takers are given up to 80 minutes to finish this subtest. You'll be familiar with the subtest questions directed toward information in this chapter with your thorough review.

14 Lessons in Chapter 23: HiSET: Earth Science & Geologic Time
What is Earth Science?

1. What is Earth Science?

Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Scientists do research in these fields to discover past and future events. Learn about the dynamic field of earth science and how it affects our lives in this lesson.

How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

2. How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

This lesson describes what a landform diagram is. We'll also discuss some basic laws of geology that can help scientists deduce both the order of events that create a landform and the geologic events that occur after a landform's formation.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

3. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.

What Are Paleontology & Archaeology? - Definition, History & Facts

4. What Are Paleontology & Archaeology? - Definition, History & Facts

While they do have similarities, paleontology and archaeology are two fields with different goals. In this lesson, you'll learn about these unique sciences, as well as some of the sub-disciplines that fall under each.

Resources and Reserves: Definitions & Examples

5. Resources and Reserves: Definitions & Examples

You might hear a lot about reserves and resources on Earth, but what exactly is the difference between the two? In this video lesson, you will learn about each, as well as how they represent different things that are quite related to each other.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

6. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs

7. Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs

The geologic time scale is an essential tool for understanding the history of Earth and the evolution of life. In this lesson, explore the principal eons, eras, periods, and epochs that help us track major events in geologic history.

Theories of Geological Evolution: Catastrophism vs Uniformitarianism

8. Theories of Geological Evolution: Catastrophism vs Uniformitarianism

Geologists haven't always agreed about the history of our planet. They have debated between catastrophism and uniformitarianism over the last few hundred years! Learn about the two main theories of geologic evolution and how scientists came to resolve the dispute.

Methods of Geological Dating: Numerical and Relative Dating

9. Methods of Geological Dating: Numerical and Relative Dating

Learn how scientists determine the ages of rocks and fossils. We'll explore both relative and numerical dating on our quest to understand the process of geological dating. Along the way, we'll learn how stratigraphic succession and radioactive decay contribute to the work of paleontologists.

What is Relative Dating? - Law of Superposition, Principles of Original Horizontality & Cross-Cutting Relationships

10. What is Relative Dating? - Law of Superposition, Principles of Original Horizontality & Cross-Cutting Relationships

Discover how geologists study the layers in sedimentary rock to establish relative age. Learn how inclusions and unconformities can tell us stories about the geologic past. We'll even visit the Grand Canyon to solve the mystery of the Great Unconformity!

Principles of Radiometric Dating

11. Principles of Radiometric Dating

Radiometric dating is a method used to determine the age of rocks and other materials based on the rate of radioactive decay. Learn about three common types of radioactive decay: alpha decay, beta decay and gamma decay.

Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

12. Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

Radiometric dating is used to estimate the age of rocks and other objects based on the fixed decay rate of radioactive isotopes. Learn about half-life and how it is used in different dating methods, such as uranium-lead dating and radiocarbon dating, in this video lesson.

Conditions of Fossil Preservation: Rapid Burial, Hard Parts & the Elements

13. Conditions of Fossil Preservation: Rapid Burial, Hard Parts & the Elements

Learn how fossils are formed and how varying conditions affect the preservation of organisms. What is the best way for a dinosaur to become fossilized? Find out here!

Relative Dating with Fossils: Index Fossils as Indicators of Time

14. Relative Dating with Fossils: Index Fossils as Indicators of Time

You may already know how to date a fossil with a rock. But did you know that we can also date a rock with a fossil? Watch this video to find out how we use index fossils to establish the relative ages of rocks.

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