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For example, from literal study of the bible an Irish bishop (Bishop Ussher, 17th century) counted the days from the beginning of the biblical record, and concluded that the earth was created 4004 years B. This of course did not please early geologists, because from the study of thick sedimentary sequences alone (comparing them with modern sediments) it appeared that the earth must be at least hundreds of millions of years old, may be even billions of years (the problem was to prove it).
Weathering produces dissolved salts that get carried into the oceans by rivers.
He came up with a figure of 90 million years for the age of the oceans.
The problem with this estimate is, that salts are also taken out of circulation by reactions with seafloor volcanic rocks, and by forming evaporites that get buried in sediments and are thus out of circulation.
Some of the most useful fossils for dating purposes are very small ones.
For example, microscopic dinoflagellates have been studied and dated in great detail around the world.
For example if I were to ask when Napoleon [1769-1821] was born, I would be lucky to get an answer like "sometime in the middle of the 18th century".
Many of these organisms have left their remains as fossils in sedimentary rocks.He did of course not know that new heat is constantly produced by radioactive decay.Thus, he underestimated the age of the earth significantly.Different species of ammonites lived at different times within the Mesozoic, so identifying a fossil species can help narrow down when a rock was formed.Correlation can involve matching an undated rock with a dated one at another location.