A key question concerning the Atlas Mountains is whether the mountains are primarily a Mesozoic or a Cenozoic orogen. The points listed in Laville's comment on our paper concern two main issues: (1) Pre-Cretaceous deformation of the High Atlas, and (2) the timing of the initiation of thrusting at the flanks of the High Atlas.

Laville expresses the classical view that the Atlas experienced significant orogenesis and uplift during the Mesozoic (e.g., Laville et al., 1977; Mattauer et al., 1977). In contrast, an alternative view of significant Cenozoic tectonism has emerged from relatively recent reassessments of the timing...

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