We appreciate the issues raised by Curry (2003) and the opportunity to clarify and respond to his concerns. In his discussion, Curry (2003) makes several assertions concerning the oil-generation kinetic parameters derived and used by Ruble et al. (2001). However, he provides no supporting data or references to substantiate his contentions. The hydrous-pyrolysis kinetic parameters determined by Ruble et al. (2001) are determined by the classical isothermal method originally established by Arrhenius (1889), which is still considered by most to be the best approach to evaluate mechanisms and predict extent of chemical reactions (Schneider, 1993; Brown,...

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