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Question 1: While digging the ________ in southwest England, he found that fossils were always in the same order in the rock layers.
Bath and North East SomersetSomerset Coal CanalSomerset coalfieldKennet and Avon Canal

Question 2: Before the advent of absolute dating in the 20th century, ________ and geologists were largely limited to the use of the relative dating techniques to determine the order of prehistoric and geological events.
MiningCivil engineeringArchaeologyEngineering

Question 3: Form a ________ so that the true chronological sequence cannot be reconstructed by stratigraphic means.
Order theoryBinary relationTotal orderPartially ordered set

Question 4: Many of the same principles are used; for instance, if a valley on ________ cuts across a crater, the valley must be younger than the crater.
Water on MarsDeimos (moon)Phobos (moon)Mars

Question 5: The ________ was the summary outcome of 'relative dating' as observed in geology from the 1600s to the 1800s.
Global Boundary Stratotype Section and PointGeochronologyGeologic time scaleLaw of superposition

Question 6: ________ and lithologies can be used to correlate one stratigraphic column with another, allowing relative dating to be used to show trends over long length-scales; the science of describing fossils and lithologies are biostratigraphy and lithostratigraphy, respectively.
FossilPaleontologyGeologyGeologic time scale


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