Age
[1] In geology, a subdivision of Epochs. Ages are the smallest recognized division of geologic time, lasting several million years or less.

[2] A historical, or even galactic, unit of time, dividing an era characterized by particular historical, astronomical, or even cosmological events. In some cases the term will often be used interchangably with the term period. Due to the inherently abstract nature of the term, determining the exact beginning or ending to any age is often a matter of debate. Historical ages and periods can be defined by political (ComEmp Period), cultural (Age of Enlightenment), military (Version War Period), and technological (Nanotech Age) milestones.
 
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    A division of geological time, lasting several million years or less. Epochs are grouped into periods, and divided into ages.
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    [1] Two or more geological periods. An era may be hundreds of millions of years in duration, and is defined by particular geological or biological processes.
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Text by Mark Ryherd

Initially published on 16 January 2010.