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Reply to Comment of O.CatuneanuandM.Zecchin on Non-unique stratal geometries: implications for sequence stratigraphic interpretations, by:P.M. Burgess and G.D.Prince,Basin Research (2015) 27, 351–365Normal access

Authors: P.M. Burgess and G.D. Prince
Journal name: Basin Research
Issue: Vol 29, No 5, October 2017 pp. 630 - 635
DOI: 10.1111/bre.12206
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
Info: Article, PDF ( 618.25Kb )

Catuneanu and Zecchin’s comment on Burgess & Prince (2015) provides a welcome opportunity to further consider and discuss the issue of non-uniqueness in stratal geometries, and how this issue impacts sequence stratigraphic models and methods. Catuneanu & Zecchin (2016) takes a very different view than Burgess & Prince (2015), asserting that ‘The non-unique variability highlighted by Burgess & Prince (2015) . . . is irrelevant to the workflow of sequence stratigraphy’. Although we understand why they are keen for this to be true, we feel that the assumptions, evidence and arguments they present are not sufficient to support this assertion. Catuneanu & Zecchin (2016) makes various points, but they can be grouped and summarised into four key conclusions:

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