Relative Dating and the Law of Superposition
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  • Question 1
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    According to the Law of Superposition, the oldest rock layers are found...

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    at the top of the rock layers

    in the middle of the rock layers

    near an intrusion

    always at the bottom of the rock layers

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    When you determine the relative age of rock layers, you will use relative dating which is...

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    any method of determining whether something is older or younger than something else.

    when magma cools or solidifies under the surface

    when lava cools on the surface

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    According to the Law of Superposition which letter represents the oldest layer?

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    E

    D

    C

    B

    A

  • Question 4
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    Analyze the seashell found in the white layer. Which statement is true of the rock layer that contains this fossil?

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    The white layer could also contain a fossil from the top layer and the bottom layer

    The white layer is younger than the layers above it.

    The white layer is older than the layers above it.

    The white layer is older than the layers below it.

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    Is the rock layer with the trilobite fossils older or younger than the rock layers with the dinosaurs fossils?

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    older

    younger

    the same age

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    Lava that reaches the surface becomes an extrusion by cooling and solidifying. Will this layer be the oldest layer or the youngest layer?

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    oldest layer

    youngest layer

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    Which letter represents an intrusion?

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    A

    B

    E

    D

  • Question 8
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    Is the intrusion (letter F) older or younger than the surrounding layers?

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    older

    younger

  • Question 9
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    What is the order of the rock layers from youngest to oldest?

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    A, E, B, C, D

    A, D, C B, E

    E, B, C D, A

    E, B, C A, D

  • Question 10
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    Is the bone fossil older or younger than the intrusion?

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    older

    younger

  • Question 11
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    Which rock layer is the oldest?

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    A

    D

    E

    F

  • Question 12
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    Which of the following correctly lists the layers in order from oldest to youngest?

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    A, B, C, D, E

    E, D, C, B, A

    E, B, C, D, A

    C, B, A, D, E

  • Question 13
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    What can be used to determine the relative ages of rock layers?

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    living animals

    living plants

    minerals

    fossils

  • Question 14
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    Which layer is older?

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    layer M

    Intrusion P

  • Question 15
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    What geologic principle(or law) is best displayed here?

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    The Law of Superposition

    Intrusion

    Extrusion

  • Question 16
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    What geologic principle(or law) is best displayed here?

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    The Law of Superposition

    Extrusion

    Intrusion

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