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Single-grain, laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry analyses of detrital apatites from Pliocene sandstones in the South Caspian Basin (Azerbaijan) and Devonian-Carboniferous sandstones from Clair oil field, west of Shetland (UK), demonstrate that apatite geochemistry has significant potential in provenance analysis. Apatites in Pliocene sandstones deposited by the paleo-Kura River system, which drained the Lesser Caucasus region, were derived largely from mafic to intermediate and alkaline rocks. Apatite populations in Pliocene sediments transported by the paleo-Volga River system, which drained the Russian Platform, show greater compositional diversity and indicate supply from granitoids or other acidic rocks together with subordinate mafic to...

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