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Relative and absolute age determination

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Relative and absolute age determination

Postby nighty » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:48 pm

Hello everyone
With respect to the history of life on Earth, why is it important that we are able to date past events both absolutely and relatively?

Thanks for your help. :D
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Postby b_d_41501 » Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:29 pm

I believe the most general response to this is so that we can develop a timeline of our planets history.
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Postby biostudent84 » Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:54 pm

Absolute age is actually age relative to the beginning of the universe, which is marked by the time of the Big Bang.

Any measurement is relative to something else.

I am 69" (147cm) tall. Which means my height is relative to 69 one-inch-long objects or 147 one-cm-long objects.
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:27 pm

Well put, biostudent
"As a biologist, I firmly believe that when you're dead, you're dead. Except for what you live behind in history. That's the only afterlife" - J. Craig Venter
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Postby ERS » Tue Apr 26, 2005 8:41 pm

I'll second that.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:19 am

I'll "third" that. lol
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