Methods of Geological Dating: Numerical and Relative Dating

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In stratigraphic succession, scientists study the various _____ of rock.

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1. Scientists couldn't perform numerical dating of rocks until they discovered _____.

2. The statement Rock A is fifty years older than Rock B is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Focusing on how to find the ages of rock, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the numerical and relative methods of geological dating. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what happens in stratigraphic succession as well as knowing when scientists could start performing numerical dating.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • What happens in stratigraphic succession
  • Discovery leading scientists to geological dating
  • Example of relative dating
  • Example of numerical dating
  • Forms of relative dating

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what happens in stratigraphic succession and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the discovery leading scientists to the numerical dating of rocks
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related geological dating lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about shedding light on a dinosaurs bone from its own decay, review the corresponding lesson on the Methods of Geological Dating: Numerical and Relative Dating. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what geological dating is
  • Identify the two different method in geological dating
  • Describe the difference between relative and numerical dating
  • Explain how rock layers are changed by geological processes
  • Appreciate the role of radioactive decay in determining the age of fossils and rock
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