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Using Lava Flows & Volcanic Structures on Mars to Introduce the Concept of Relative Dating in Introductory Courses part of Cutting Edge:Discoveries from Mars:Activities
To compare bodies of rocks in the same region and determine the sequence of events that led to the formation of these rocks, geologists use a few simple rules of observation to help determine the relative ages of the rocks. In order to do this, geologists depend on two-dimensional, vertical diagrams called cross sections. Before teaching the students to interpret these diagrams, this exercise uses THEMIS images to practice understanding relative dating in one-dimension. -