First, we thank Wendte (2011) for reading our article (Ma et al., 2009). In his discussion, he raised some general issues and some specific questions. For the sake of the scientific integrity, we will openly address all the issues and questions that Wendte raised. We will first discuss his general questions.

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One of Wendte's main issues is that we did not, to use his words (p. 169), “… cite references to support the stratigraphic framework and facies analysis…” As can be seen from our article, we cite four such publications seven times, including four citations of two publications...

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