We are gratified by the interest that our publication has generated and thank Machel et al. (2002, this issue) for their discussion. However, we do not agree with their assessment of the part of our paper dealing with a mechanism for the formation of replacement dolomite in the Frasnian second-order sequence. We assert that, considering all the data, the most logical explanation for the mechanism of formation for these dolomites is by seepage refluxion with fluids originating at or near the top of the Frasnian sequence.

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