Fission-Track Thermochronology in Structural Geology and Tectonic Studies

  • David A. FosterEmail author
Part of the Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment book series (STEGE)


Apatite fission-track (AFT) and zircon fission-track (ZFT) data along with other low-temperature thermochronologic data are widely used in the fields of structural geology and tectonics to determine the timing/duration of events, the amount of exhumation in mountain belts, rates of slip on faults, and the geometries of fault networks. In this chapter, I review applications of AFT and ZFT data in extensional tectonic settings. Examples of data sets and interpretations are summarized from the Cenozoic-Recent North American Basin and Range Province. These data constrain displacements of normal faults, rates of slip on faults, paleogeothermal gradients, and the original dip of low-angle normal faults.



I would like to thank Stephanie Brichau and Paul Fitzgerald for helpful reviews of the original manuscript and the many collaborators that contributed to the studies summarized in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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