We appreciate the discussion of our paper (Langenberg et al., 2002) by Michael Ranger and Murray Gingras. Their elicited strong reaction to our work shows clearly the importance of this topic for understanding the oil sands in the Athabasca deposit, the complex nature of the stratigraphy and sedimentology of the deposit, and the wide range of views and opinions concerning interpretations of the oil sands. Ranger and Gingras (this issue) have two main critiques of our work: 1) the definition of channel complexes and the criteria used to distinguish them, and 2) the stratigraphic nomenclature and subdivision as...

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