What is Relative Age? - Definition & Effect


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When would you NOT use relative dating techniques?

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1. Which relative dating technique states that rocks are deposited in a flat continuous sheet or layer?

2. In the image shown, which feature is the oldest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The accompanying quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of techniques that geologists can use to compare the age of rocks, fossils, and rock layers without the aid of modern lab equipment. You will be tested on the terms associated with these methods and asked to solve problems involving the relative age of rock layers in rock formations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on:

  • When relative dating techniques do not apply
  • The definitions of some relative dating techniques
  • Using the principles of relative dating to solve practical problems

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems using relative dating techniques
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as relative dating
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about fossils in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about determining the age of rock layers using relative aging, review the accompanying lesson on What is Relative Age? - Definition and Effect. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • How relative aging assists geologists in the field to compare the age of rock layers and embedded fossils without the use of sophisticated lab equipment
  • An understanding of the concept of relative age
  • Definitions, examples, and explanations of relative aging techniques used by geologists