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11.4: Principles of Relative Dating

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lateral continuity A sedimentary rock layer that extends sideways as wide as the basin in which it forms.
original horizontality The idea that sedimentary layers were deposited horizontally.
principle of cross-cutting relationships One of Steno’s principles that states that an intrusion or fault is younger than the rocks that it cuts through.
principle of faunal succession Fossilized life forms succeed each other in a specific order that can be recognized over large distances.
superposition In a sequence of sedimentary rock layers, the oldest is at the bottom and the youngest is at the top.

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