dendrochronology

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dendrochronology:

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the determination of the age of an object, of a natural phenomenon, or of a series of events. There are two basic types of dating methods, relative and absolute.
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dendrochronology

[¦den·drō·krə′näl·ə·jē]
(geology)
The science of measuring time intervals and dating events and environmental changes by reading and dating growth layers of trees as demarcated by the annual rings.

dendrochronology

The dating of old timbers by the study of their annual ring patterns of growth.