The idea of the river narrowing over time was the hypothesis that an interested

The idea of the river narrowing over time was the

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sediments and the one above those sediments. The idea of the river narrowing over time was the hypothesis that an interested tourist presented to one of the professors and a ranger at the Canyona few years ago. When the professor asked whether the tourist would want to go out on a narrow point with a jackhammer, the tourist said no, because the rocks might fall off and slide down intothe Canyon. When the professor pointed out the many places that rocks had fallen off and slid down, the quick-witted tourist figured out that the Canyon has been widened by such rockfalls asthe river has cut downward.Correct Answer:BYour Response:APoints Earned:0/1 6.Using only uniformitarian calculations from the thickness of known sedimentary rocks, likely rates at which those rocks accumulated, and features in and under those sedimentary rocks, geologists working two to three hundred years ago estimated that the Earth:
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Points Earned:1/1 7.One practical radioactive system used to date lava flows involves: Potassium-40 is common in solid minerals, and decays to produce the gas argon-40. And despite his great contributions to humanity, no one has named an isotope after Penn State's president.Points Earned:1/1 8.You start with 400 parent atoms of a particular radioactive type, which decays to give stable offspring. You wait just long enough for three half lives to pass. You should expect to have how many parent atoms remaining (on average): A.100.B.50.C.200.D.25.E. 400.
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