Relative dating cratering distribution dating the time of origin of major clades
For example a surface may be covered by a few hundred meters of mobile sand dunes; the numbers of craters of diameter D and depth d would give a mean characteristic age of topographic features of the scale of D,d.
Smaller craters in mobile dunes would disappear faster and have lower mean ages.
Tanaka (1986, Table 2) defined crater density limits to the Amazonian, Hesperian, and Noachian relative-age eras, based on the previous work of Scott and Carr (1978) and Condit (1978), for the purpose of stratigraphic mapping of Mars.
That work parallels the development of terrestrial geology, in defining stratigraphy and relative time intervals long before the absolute time intervals could be measured.
Malin and Edgett (2001, 2003), thinking in terms of dating the underlying process, asserted that such processes render Martian crater counts more or less useless for dating.
The b value also equals the slope on our plot or on a cumulative plot.
For example, if a certain region has had some erosive episode that removed all craters between 125 m and 500 m in size, the log-differential plot would show a dramatic downturn in that size interval, but he cumulative plot would merely flatten out.
The cumulative plot produces an artificial smoothing of the data, which looks good, but comes at the expense of actual information-display about the data.
In English, relative pronouns and determiners include who, which, and that. of or designating a word that introduces a subordinate clause and refers to an expressed or implied element of the principal clause: the relative pronoun who in “That was the woman who called”; the relative adverb where Quotations"Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself" [H. Mencken Prejudices]"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.
When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour.
An isochron is defined as a size distribution of all craters created, as described above, over a specified period of years, such as 100 My or 1 Gy.