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The Neihart Quartzite and LaHood Formation are the lowermost units exposed in the Helena embayment, which forms the eastern and southeastern margins of the Belt Basin. Ages of detrital zircons from the Neihart Quartzite (quartz arenite) and a range of lithologies in the LaHood Formation (conglomerates to arkoses to siltstones) show that these units do not share a common provenance. The dominant provenance is Paleoarchean for the LaHood Formation and Paleoproterozoic for the Neihart Quartzite. Provenance is further constrained by the geochemistry and U-Pb ages of zircons from cobbles from the classic LaHood conglomerate in Jefferson Canyon (Tobacco Root Mountains),...

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