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.
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dendrochronology

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