Earth science relative dating worksheet

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Download: Description: Unit questions from five consecutive New York regents exams.

Use the links below to explore available resources covering major concepts associated with the study of the history of the Earth.

Here is an easy-to understand analogy for your students: relative age dating is like saying that your grandfather is older than you.

Absolute age dating is like saying you are 15 years old and your grandfather is 77 years old.

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If a rock has been partially melted, or otherwise metamorphosed, that causes complications for radiometric (absolute) age dating as well.

In a way this field, called geochronology, is some of the purest detective work earth scientists do.

There are two basic approaches: relative age dating, and absolute age dating.

Look for “absolute” ages such as cornerstones, dates carved into fresh concrete, or dates stamped on manhole covers.

Absolute age dating: Have students work alone or in pairs to find an article or paper that uses radiometric age dating.

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