Radiometric dating earth science

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But for humans whose life span rarely reaches more than 100 years, how can we be so sure of that ancient date? Even the Greeks and Romans realized that layers of sediment in rock signified old age.

There are over forty such techniques, each using a different radioactive element or a different way of measuring them.

These changes typically occur so slowly that they are barely detectable over the span of a human life, yet even at this instant, the Earth's surface is moving and changing.

As these changes have occurred, organisms have evolved, and remnants of some have been preserved as fossils.

Using logs recovered from old buildings and ancient ruins, scientists have been able to compare tree rings to create a continuous record of tree rings over the past 2,000 years.

This tree ring record has proven extremely useful in creating a record of climate change, and in finding the age of ancient structures. The thick, light-colored part of each ring represents rapid spring and summer growth.

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