Apatite fission-track (AFT) analysis has been widely used during the past 30+ years to constrain the low-temperature thermal histories of many igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks in a wide range of geological settings. Applicable geological settings include orogenic belts, rifted margins, faults, sedimentary basins, cratons, and mineral deposits. The types of geologic problems that can be addressed include the timing and rates of tectonic events, sedimentary basin evolution, the timing of hydrocarbon generation and ore mineralization, the absolute age of volcanic deposits, the effects of major climatic changes on the near-surface geothermal gradient, and long-term landscape evolution. Early work by...

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