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Earth History

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  • Q1
    The preserved remains or traces of an organism that lived in the past
  • Q2
    The timeline developed by scientists of the major events and the changes in life during the earth's history
    Geologic Time Scale
  • Q3
    Millions of fossils that have been collected and studied, paint a picture of life in the past.
    Fossil Record
  • Q4
    When an entire species dies out.
  • Q5
    The study of earth's past
    Earth History
  • Q6
    Fossils from organisms that only lived during a short period of Earth's history. Many fossils of this organism can be found over wide area of Earth.
    Index Fossil
  • Q7
    A key example of an organism used as an index fossil. A hard shelled animal whose body had three section, lived in shallow seas and became extinct during the mass extinction that ended the paleozoic era.
  • Q8
    In undisturbed rock layers. The layers on bottom are older than the layers above it.
    Law of Superposition
  • Q9
    The age of an object compared to another. Uses terms like older and younger. Is not a number!
    Relative Age
  • Q10
    Finding the relative age of something like rock layers
    Relative Dating
  • Q11
    Finding EXACTLY how old something is in years.
    Absolute Age
  • Q12
    Finding the absolute age of something.
    Absolute Dating
  • Q13
    Using the decay rate of radiometric atoms to date rocks and fossils.
    Radioactive (radiometric) Dating
  • Q14
    A type of radiometric dating used to date things that used to be alive.
    Carbon-14 Dating
  • Q15
    The amount of time it takes for half of the parent atoms to decay into daughter atoms during radiometric dating.

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