# Relative dating determining the sequence of geologic events Wepcam gratisxxx

The older a sample is, the less (the period of time after which half of a given sample will have decayed) is about 5,730 years, the oldest dates that can be reliably measured by this process date to around 50,000 years ago, although special preparation methods occasionally permit accurate analysis of older samples.The idea behind radiocarbon *dating* is straightforward, but years of work were required to develop the technique to the point where accurate dates could be obtained.

It relies upon chronometry, which is also known as timekeeping, and historiography, which examines the writing of history and the use of historical methods.

Radiocarbon **dating** estimates the age of formerly living things by measuring the proportion of carbon-14 isotope in their carbon content.

is a way to use geometric relationships between rock bodies to determine the *sequence* of *geologic* *events* in an area.

**Relative** **dating** is different from absolute **dating** in which specific dates are assigned to **geologic** **events** (we will discuss absolute **dating** techniques later).

The radiocarbon *dating* method is based on the fact that radiocarbon is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen.

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