This theory held that the past was the key to the future and that processes that formed the layers were the very slow processes that we see forming layers at the bottom of the ocean today. Until Lyell successfully convinced scientists that uniformitarianism was the correct theory, it was believed that the worldwide flood and other catastrophic events were primarily responsible for the formation of the geologic layers and that they didn’t represent long ages.
Later, when radiometric absolute dating methods were developed, they still were not applicable to sedimentary layers.
ANSWER: Relative dating is used to determine the relative ages of geologic strata, artifacts, historical events, etc.
This technique does not give specific ages to items.
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earth and arrange it into definable units of time has evolved into the Relative Geologic.
Ice cores showed the age of a military plane buried in the artic as thousands of years old.
Similarly, dendrochronology measures the tree rings in trees and assumes they represent years.
The ten strata systems that compose the “standard geologic column” are the familiar Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Tertiary periods.
Although no absolute methods were available to establish actual dates, Lyell needed to assign very old dates to the strata to make them consistent with the long eons of time that would be necessary to meet the new uniformitarianism theory developed by James Hutton and himself.