Relative dating and absolute dating techniques


The Muslims count the Prophet’s departure from Mecca, or the Hegira, as their beginning at AD 662.

The Mayan calendar used 3114 BC as their reference.

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Time factors of millions and billions of years is difficult even for adults to comprehend.

And, what about other findings like fossil fish, plants and insects?

Scientists are always spouting information about the ages of rocks and fossils. Well, they figure it out using two different methods: relative dating and numerical dating.

Numerical dating determines the actual ages of rocks through the study of radioactive decay.

Relative dating cannot establish absolute age, but it can establish whether one rock is older or younger than another.

We'll explore both relative and numerical dating on our quest to understand the process of geological dating.

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