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Early history[ edit ] In Ancient GreeceAristotle BCE observed that fossils of seashells in rocks resembled those found on beaches — he inferred that the fossils in rocks were formed by living animals, and he reasoned that the positions of land and sea had changed over long periods of time.
Leonardo da Vinci — concurred with Aristotle's interpretation that fossils represented the remains of ancient life. Steno argued that rock layers or strata were laid down in succession, and that each represents a "slice" of time.
He also formulated the law of superposition, which states that any given stratum is probably older than those above it and younger than those below it. While Steno's principles were simple, applying them proved challenging.
Steno's ideas also lead to other important concepts geologists use today, such as relative dating. Over the course of the 18th century geologists realized that: Sequences of strata often become eroded, distorted, tilted, or even inverted after deposition Strata laid down at the same time in different areas could have entirely different appearances The strata of any given area represented only part of Earth's long history The Neptunist theories popular at this time expounded by Abraham Werner — in the late 18th century proposed that all rocks had precipitated out of a single enormous flood.
John McPhee asserts that "as things appear from the perspective of the 20th century, James Hutton in those readings became the founder of modern geology". This theory, known as " Plutonism ", stood in contrast to the "Neptunist" flood-oriented theory. Formulation of geologic time scale[ edit ] The first serious attempts to formulate a geologic time scale that could be applied anywhere on Earth were made in the late 18th century.
The Period table influential of those early attempts championed by Werneramong others divided the rocks of Earth's crust into four types: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Quaternary.
Each type of rock, according to the theory, formed during a specific period in Earth history. It was thus possible to speak of a "Tertiary Period" as well as of "Tertiary Rocks.
The identification of strata by the fossils they contained, pioneered by William SmithGeorges CuvierJean d'Omalius d'Halloyand Alexandre Brongniart in the early 19th century, enabled geologists to divide Earth history more precisely.
It also enabled them to correlate strata across national or even continental boundaries.
If two strata however distant in space or different in composition contained the same fossils, chances were good that they had been laid down at the same time. Detailed studies between and of the strata and fossils of Europe produced the sequence of geologic periods still used today.
Naming of geologic periods, eras and epochs[ edit ] Early work on developing the geologic time scale was dominated by British geologists, and the names of the geologic periods reflect that dominance.
The "Cambrian", the classical name for Wales and the "Ordovician", and "Silurian", named after ancient Welsh tribes, were periods defined using stratigraphic sequences from Wales. The "Permian" was named after PermRussia, because it was defined using strata in that region by Scottish geologist Roderick Murchison.
However, some periods were defined by geologists from other countries. The "Jurassic" was named by a French geologist Alexandre Brongniart for the extensive marine limestone exposures of the Jura Mountains.
British geologists were also responsible for the grouping of periods into eras and the subdivision of the Tertiary and Quaternary periods into epochs. In John Phillips published the first global geologic time scale based on the types of fossils found in each era.
Phillips' scale helped standardize the use of terms like Paleozoic "old life" which he extended to cover a larger period than it had in previous usage, and Mesozoic "middle life" which he invented. Chronological dating When William Smith and Sir Charles Lyell first recognized that rock strata represented successive time periods, time scales could be estimated only very imprecisely since estimates of rates of change were uncertain.
While creationists had been proposing dates of around six or seven thousand years for the age of Earth based on the Bibleearly geologists were suggesting millions of years for geologic periods, and some were even suggesting a virtually infinite age for Earth.
Until the discovery of radioactivity in and the development of its geological applications through radiometric dating during the first half of the 20th century, the ages of various rock strata and the age of Earth were the subject of considerable debate.
The first geologic time scale that included absolute dates was published in by the British geologist Arthur Holmes. The commission's most recent work is described in the geologic time scale of Gradstein et al.
The term was coined by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in to describe the current time, in which humans have had an enormous impact on the environment. It has evolved to describe an "epoch" starting some time in the past and on the whole defined by anthropogenic carbon emissions and production and consumption of plastic goods that are left in the ground.
This table is arranged with the most recent geologic periods at the top, and the most ancient at the bottom. The height of each table entry does not correspond to the duration of each subdivision of time.An up-to-date periodic table with detailed but easy to understand information.
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