Reply to comment on the paper by Davies et al. “Resolving MISS conceptions and misconceptions: A geological approach to sedimentary surface textures generated by microbial and abiotic processes”

Davies, Neil S. and Liu, Alexander G. and Gibling, Martin R. and Miller, Randall F. (2018) Reply to comment on the paper by Davies et al. “Resolving MISS conceptions and misconceptions: A geological approach to sedimentary surface textures generated by microbial and abiotic processes”. Earth-Science Reviews, 176. pp. 384-386. ISSN 0012-8252 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.11.024

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Abstract

We thank Noffke (2017) for her comment and for providing an opportunity to clarify our classification of “sedimentary surface textures”. We accord great credit to Dr. Noffke and other dedicated researchers whose detailed work has brought microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS) to the widespread attention of geoscientists. However, we stand by our assertion that attributing structures observed in practical field and laboratory studies to processes of formation is much more problematic than Noffke (2017) indicates. Indeed, points in the Comment confirm the need for a classification system that categorises the degree of certainty attributed to a given interpretation. We stress that our paper was not designed as a critique of previous studies of MISS but rather was designed to encourage a reasonable assessment of uncertainty in assigning sedimentary surface textures to physical processes or to MISS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2018AREP; IA72
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
07 - Sedimentary Geology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
11 - Sedimentary Geology
07 - Gold Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Earth-Science Reviews
Volume: 176
Page Range: pp. 384-386
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.11.024
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2018 17:03
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 17:03
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/4311

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