We appreciate the opportunity to address the sequence stratigraphic issues raised in the discussion by Payenberg and Miall. Although stratigraphy was a small part of the new geochemical model presented in Peters et al. (2000), we agree that it is an important framework element in study of source rocks, hydrocarbon kitchens, and basin history of the Kutei petroleum province.

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Payenberg and Miall identify three points of disagreement: supportive data, outdated global cycle chart, and eustatic origin of middle Miocene and younger sequences. In fact, their argument concerning supportive data pertains to the precision of biostratigraphic age assignments and global...

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