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Assignment Questions

Comparison of Relative age Dating to Radiometric Dating

Volcanoes are generally not preserved in the geologic rock record as they are usually eroded away. However, the various materials erupted from volcanoesare often found preserved in the rock record. From what you have learned about the different types of volcanoes, how could you infer what type of volcano erupted in a given area based on the type of volcanic deposits now found as layers of rock? Give specific examples, and briefly discuss how some materials may be linked to different types of volcanoes.

Compare and contrast relative age dating with radiometric dating. What are the strengths and limitations (if any) of each?

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