Definition of absolute dating

The Wheeler Formation has been previously dated to approximately 507 million year old, so we know the trilobite is also about 507 million years old.But, how can we determine how old a rock formation is, if it hasn’t previously been dated?

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This technique relies on the property of half-life.

Half-life is defined as the time it takes for one-half of a radioactive element to decay into a daughter isotope.

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The half-lives of several radioactive isotopes are known and are used often to figure out the age of newly found fossils.

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