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22, p. 803–806. , 2000, The erosion history of the Central Alps: Evidence from zircon fission-track data of the foreland basin sediments: Terra Nova, v. 12, p. 163–170. , 2004, Detrital-zircon fission-track ages for the “Hoh Formation”: Implications for late Cenozoic evolution of the Cascadia subduction wedge: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 116, p. 60–75. , 1996, Natural long term annealing of the zircon fission-track system in Vienna Basin deep borehole samples: Constraints upon the partial annealing zone and closure temperature: Chemical Geology, v.

Figure 9. Probability density plots of fission-track grain-age distributions of eight Italian modern river samples in west to east order (Fig. 2), reflecting the regional trend of faster exhumation in the Western and Central Alps and slower exhumation in the Eastern and Southern Alps. , 2001). Here, we review the results for all three river samples. A. The Sesia River, the smallest of these three drainages, drains part of the Monte Rosa massif, the northern part of the Sesia-Lanzo Zone, and the Ivrea Zone (Fig.

By dating 60–100 Table 2. All of the fission-track grain-age distributions are con- single grains of a detrital sample, using the multi-mount techsistent with the cooling history and exhumational evolution of nique with different etch times, it is possible to detect all of the the Alps. Essentially, the detrital fission-track data reflect: (a) principle cooling-age components in a drainage area. ), where sizes of the peaks in the distribution are based on yield, which the metamorphic internal zone of the Alps is exposed; and (b) includes the erosion rate, lithology, and the size of area of the zirslower exhumation of the southern flank of the Alps and farther con sources at that time of erosion.

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