We wholeheartedly agree with Fossen and Rotevatn (2012) that the formation and extent of deformation band arrays are extremely complex functions of stress, strain, deformation path, grain size, porosity, and other yet-to-be-determined material properties. Because these have been widely discussed in the literature and are areas of exciting research, they are generally beyond the intended scope of our article (Solum et al., 2010). With that article, we intended to address the practical problem faced by petroleum geologists: Given a core with deformation bands (which is the only way that they can be detected in the subsurface), what is...

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