Flashcards in Lecture 17 - History of the Earth Deck (39)
The history of the earth is recorded in its __________
What is the principle of superposition?
"In a sequence of layered rocks, any layer is older than the layer next above it."
Who is Nicholas Steno?
Principle of Superposition
What are 2 exceptions to superposition?
What are plate tectonics?
movements of the earth
Layers are originally deposited _________
What alters the the orientation of the layers?
What is uniformitarianism?
-processes that alter the Earth are uniform through time
Who was Charles Lyell?
-believed in uniformitarianism
-earth was transformed not by unimaginable catastrophes by slow changes
What are 4 processes that result in the production of sediment particles?
2. volcanic eruption
4. mineral precipitation
What are 4 conditions that make it more likely that an organism will have fossil record?
1. has hard parts
2. is abundant and widespread
3. exists for a long time
4. lives in a habitat conducive deposition
How are rocks and fossils dated?
Sedimentary strata only reveals __________ ages
how can absolute dating in igneous strata be determined?
a "parent" isotope decays into a "daughter isotope at _________
a constant rate
What is a half-life?
time required for half the parent isotope to decay
What is the believed age of the earth?
4.6 billion years ago
What is most atmospheric origin?
What produced this biological origin?
photosynthesis in bacteria similar to modern cyanobacteria
What did O2 reacted with?
What did the O2 and dissolved iron do?
precipitated out to form banded iron formations
What did the O2 revolution cause?
-enormous die-off of many organisms
-anaerobic organisms had to either hide or adapt
What are 3 qualities of the earliest eukaryotes?
-from about 2.1 BYA
-probably spherical algal protists
-probably formed by endosymbiosis
What are 3 qualities of terrestrial plants?
1. primitive vascular system
2. waterproof coating
3. mycorrhizal fungi
What are 2 qualities of earliest terrestrial animals?
1. possibly arthropods
2. included organisms similar to modern millipedes etc.
What is the Principle of Superposition?
in a sequence of layered rocks, any layer is older than the layer next/above it
What happened 3.8 BYA?
oldest rocks on earth's surface
What happened 3.7 BYA?
oldest fossils of cells appear (stromatolites)
What are stromatolites composed of?