organisms, geologists employ a variety of techniques.
Because these units are used according to the rules of the metric system, the M in Ma and the G in Ga must be capitalized, and the k in ka must not be capitalized.
Geologic time covers the whole sweep of earth's history, from how and when the earth first formed, to everything that has happened on, in, and to the planet since then, right up to now.
Geologists analyze geologic time in two different ways: in terms of relative geologic age, and in terms of absolute (or numeric) geologic age.
Local relationships on a single outcrop or archaeological site can often be interpreted to deduce the sequence in which the materials were assembled.
This then can be used to deduce the sequence of events and processes that took place or the history of that brief period of time as recorded in the .