We are glad that Shanmugan has taken time to read and think about our recent article in the AAPG Bulletin. However, the discussion that he has written seems more oriented toward presenting his own sedimentologic ideas than debating whether leaves in deep-water sands can produce viable source rocks, which was the purpose of our article. Nevertheless, we will address some of his questions below.

We agree that the world's oceans are dynamic water bodies. During exploration and development on the East Kalimantan shelf and deep water (Kutei Basin, Indonesia), a great deal of bathymetric data, shallow seismic data, current...

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