The camp was only accessible in the winter by snow mobile then we transferred to dog sled at Eagle Plains." Geologist B: "Wow! We had to get helicoptered onto the island and then walk 300 km north.Absolute dating is a method of determining the specific date of a paleontological or archaeological artifact or location based on a specific time scale or calendar.I have used mine many times to crush nuts and seeds for recipes since I don't own a food processor.All you have to do wrap the hammer in saran wrap and go to town. It also helps keep my aim sharp in the winter when there are no rocks outside to practice on. The final oddity in my list, and believe me there are a lot more than 10, is that geologists love to be in harsh, remote places.So here is a sorry to them from me and all other geologists like me. Geologists think that a good rock hammer can be used in any situation.For example, a rock hammer makes a great nut opener/crusher.
So at the encouragement of my girlfriend, who is not a geologist and is therefore perfectly positioned to observe the quirkiness of me and my geo friends we are making a list of geologist quirks. Many geologists think about rocks, minerals, fossils and their Ph D thesis (me) while laying in bed at night.
Thus, the date of an artifact is relative to its location in the levels.
Originally fossils only provided us with relative ages because, although early paleontologists understood biological succession, they did not know the absolute ages of the different organisms.
Scientists base absolute dating on measurable physical or chemical changes or on written records of events.
Continue Reading In the field of archeology, the term "absolute" is somewhat misleading.