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Age of Earth estimated from time required to cool from an initially molten state.Assumptions include, the initial temperature of the Earth when it formed, the present temperature throughout the interior of the Earth, and that there are no internal sources of heat.This is the same principle used to determine relative age in the trash pits discussed previously.

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Stratigraphic Superposition - Because of Earth's gravity, deposition of sediment will occur depositing older layers first followed by successively younger layers.Thus, in a sequence of layers that have not been overturned by a later deformational event, the oldest layers will be on the bottom.We call such a break in the stratigraphic record a hiatus (a hiatus was identified in our trash pit example by the non-occurrence of the Ceramic Cups layer at the UNO site).When we find evidence of a hiatus in the stratigraphic record we call it an unconformity.Thus in the geologic column shown, the absolute ages in the far right-hand column were not known until recently.

Although geologists can easily establish relative ages of rocks based on the principles of stratigraphy, knowing how much time a geologic Eon, Era, Period, or Epoch represents is a more difficult problem without having knowledge of absolute ages of rocks.Assumes that we know the rate at which the salts (Na, Cl, Ca, and CO3 ions) are input into the oceans by rivers, and assumes that we know the rate at which these salts are removed by chemical precipitation.Calculations in 1889 gave estimate for the age of the Earth of 90 million years.Disconformities are usually recognized by correlating from one area to another and finding that some strata is missing in one of the areas.The unconformity recognized in the UNO trash pit is a disconformity.Determination of equivalence is based on: fossils present - Fossils are key indicators of relative age (life has evolved through time) and environments of deposition.