Question: What is the difference between relative age and actual age?

1. How is relative age different from the actual date of an event? Relative age only tells us the order in which events occurred, from the earliest to the most recent. Knowing the actual date of an event allows us to say exactly how old something is or how long ago it actually took place.

What is the difference between relative and actual age?

Relative age is the age of a rock layer (or the fossils it contains) compared to other layers. It can be determined by looking at the position of rock layers. Absolute age is the numeric age of a layer of rocks or fossils.

What is the biggest difference between determining absolute age and relative age of a rock?

The difference between absolute and relative age is: absolute is the numeric age and relative age is the age of one rock layer in relation to another rock layer. What methods are used to calculate absolute age? Methods to calculate absolute age include: rate of sediment deposit and rates of erosion.

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