Introduction to Geochronology/Relative Dating

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Relative Dating[edit]

Relative dating is the practice of placing a series of geologic events in sequential order. The important principles of relative dating are:

  1. original horizontolaity
  2. superposition
  3. lateral continuity
  4. cross cutting relationships
  5. inclusions
  6. fossil succession

Nicolas Steno's three principles James Hutton Catastrophism and Uniformitarianism