Question: What is the importance of relative and absolute dating?

Relative dating does not offer specific dates, it simply allows to determine if one artifact, fossil, or stratigraphic layer is older than another. Absolute dating methods provide more specific origin dates and time ranges, such as an age range in years.

What is the difference between relative and absolute time?

Relative time is the physical subdivision of the rocks found in the Earths geology and the time and order of events they represent. Absolute time is the measurement taken from the same rocks to determine the amount of time that has expired.

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