Law of Superposition: Definition & Concept Video


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Superposition means that in an undisturbed sequence of sedimentary rocks, which of the following is true?

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1. The study of how sedimentary rock layers form and how they are related to one another is a branch of geology known as which one of the following?

2. Superposition is one of the four fundamental principles that geologists use to understand the sequence of events that created a stack of sedimentary rock layers. What are the other three?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The law of superposition is key to understanding stratigraphy and this quiz/worksheet will help you assess your understanding of the scientific law. Key topics to understand to pass the quiz include the definition of the law of superposition and who was credited for stating the theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet you will be tested on:

  • What the law of superposition is
  • Who was credited for coming up with the theory
  • A branch of geology that studies the way in which sedimentary rock layers form

Skills Practiced

In addition to increasing your understanding of key topics, you will practice the following skills with these assessments:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the other three fundamental principles that geologists use
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the person credited with first stating the law of superposition and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the law of superposition

Additional Learning

To learn more about this law and its significance in stratigraphy, review the lesson called Law of Superposition: Definition & Concept. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the law of superposition
  • Identify the significance of superposition in geology
  • Know the basic history of how the law of superposition came to be
  • Learn when and when not to apply the law of superposition