Rutile (TiO2) is an important accessory mineral that, when present, offers a rich source of information about the rock units in which it is incorporated. It occurs in a variety of specific microstructural settings, contains significant amounts of several trace elements and is one of the classical minerals used for U–Pb age determination. Here, we focus on information obtainable from rutile in its original textural context. We do not present an exhaustive review on detrital rutile in clastic sediments, but note that an understanding of the petrochronology of rutile in its source rocks will aid interpretation of data...

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