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Relative Time: Ages of events are placed in order of occurrence. No exact date is identified.  Ex. WWI and WWII  I am the second child in my family.

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2 Relative Time: Ages of events are placed in order of occurrence. No exact date is identified.  Ex. WWI and WWII  I am the second child in my family.

3 Absolute Time: identifies the exact date of an event.  Ex. 65 Million Years Ago  1990

4 Finding age with relative time: 1. The Law of Superposition - in a sequence of undisturbed sedimentary rocks, the oldest rocks will be at the bottom.

5 2. The law of cross-cutting relationships – anything that cuts across layers of rock is younger than the rocks that it has intruded into. This applies to faults and igneous intrusions.

6 3. The law of included fragments - the fragments that make up a rock are older than the entire sample.

7 4. The Law of Folds or Tilts: tilts in rocks are younger than the rocks themselves. 5. Original Horizontality- Rocks are usually deposited flat and level. 6. Cole’s Law- Thinly sliced cabbage.

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11 Other Guidelines for figuring out a sequence: Sedimentary rocks are usually formed under water. Weathering and erosion usually happen above water (on dry land).

12 Contact metamorphism shows that the rock that was changed was there first when the intrusion happened.

13 Time for a worksheet Sequence 1 & 2

14 Sequence 1: Uplift & Erosion 1. Limestone deposited 2. Sandstone deposited 3. Shale Deposited 4. Uplift 5. Erosion

15 Sequence 2: Faulting 1. Limestone deposited 2. Sandstone deposited 3. Shale deposited 4. Faulting

16 Time for another worksheet Sequence 3 & 4

17 Sequence 3: Folding 1. Limestone deposited 2. Sandstone deposited 3. Shale deposited 4. Folding

18 By the way… How can you tell if folding has gone so far as to flip the layers over?

19 Sequence 4: Igneous Intrusion 1. Limestone deposited 2. Sandstone deposited 3. Shale deposited 4. Igneous Intrusion Note: contact metamorphism is the same event as the intrusion.

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21 Formation of an unconformity

22 Layers are formed according to superposition.

23 Something happens to uplift the area folding faulting, etc.

24 Erosion wears away the uppermost layers

25 Area submerges and deposition begins again. Here’s the unconformity


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