Smith and Jacobi (2001) made a fundamental and fatal error in their attempt to interpret eustatic sea level changes on the basis of a sedimentological and sequence stratigraphic interpretation of upper Frasnian-lower Famennian strata in the Appalachian basin of western New York. Figure 2 in Smith and Jacobi (2001) illustrates a composite lithologic column for the study area, along with a curve that is purported to be a relative sea level curve for that part of the stratigraphic succession. Unfortunately, the curve that is presented in their figure 2 is a fluctuating water depth or transgressive-regressive (T-R) curve and not...

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