Question: Which type of rock is dated using absolute dating?

Sedimentary rock is made of particles derived from other rocks, so measuring isotopes would date the original rock material, not the sediments they have ended up in. However, there are radiometric dating methods that can be used on sedimentary rock, including luminescence dating.

Can metamorphic rocks be radiometrically dated?

Metamorphic rocks may also be radiometrically dated. However, radiometric dating generally yields the age of metamorphism, not the age of the original rock.

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