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Question Bank

An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Dating the Past and places where their answers can be found.

Dating the Past

This question bank helps you answer some questions you might ask yourself about rocks and fossils, and how geologists find out how old they are.

Q. When did dinosaurs live in New Zealand?
Q. What fossils did the famous paleontologist Joan Wiffen find?
Q. How old is the Earth?
Q. How do geologists divide up time?
Q. What’s the difference between relative and absolute dating?
Q. How do geologists know which dating method to use?
Q. What can fossils tell us about what New Zealand used to be like?
Q. What happened during ice ages?
Q. What are some of the biggest and smallest fossils that used to live in New Zealand?
Q. How are different rocks formed?