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Different depositional environments (fluvial, deltaic, lacustrine, tidal-marine) have been proposed for the Upper Miocene to Pliocene Madre de Dios Formation exposed in the upper reaches of the Amazon River catchment in the Andean retroforeland region. This study constrains the stratigraphy, depositional environment, and drainage evolution in southwestern Amazonia through petrographic and provenance analysis of the sand and mud fractions of the three recognized members (A–C) of the Madre de Dios Formation at three stratigraphic sections measured previously along riverbank outcrops: Cerro Colorado, Piedras River, and Candelaria.

Petrographic analyses of thin sections of sand separates from 32 sandy samples showed...

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