Cross-Cutting Relationships

Cross-cutting relationships is a principle of geology that states that the geologic feature which cuts another is the younger of the two features.

It is a relative dating technique in geology.

It was first developed by Danish geological pioneer Nicholas Steno in Dissertationis prodromus (1669) and later formulated by James Hutton in Theory of the Earth (1795) and embellished upon by Charles Lyell in Principles of Geology (1830).

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