The comments by Miles F. Osmaston pertaining to my paper, “Interstitial Water Composition and Geochemistry of Deep Gulf Coast Shales and Sandstones,” which was published in the February 1973, Bulletin, are timely, appropriate, and very much appreciated. I congratulate Osmaston for emphasizing and discussing the many uncertainties in interpretation of data related to interstitial waters in deeply buried shales. I am pleased that he attempted to pursue the implications and make further investigation of the conclusions. One purpose of my paper was to lay the groundwork for the investigation of deep shale and sandstone water compositions and to present...

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