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Fission tracks that are present in apatite crystals recovered from sedimentary and crystalline basement rocks can be used to determine the thermal (tectonic) history of a sedimentary basin. Because fission tracks in apatite usually record the time when the rock temperature cooled below 100° C, one can use the apparent apatite fission-track ages as a function of depth, to determine the amount and duration of an uplift event.

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