We thank Back et al. for their important comments, and welcome the opportunity to add to the discussion of our points of agreement and clarify our points of apparent disagreement. Their comment outlines two main items for discussion: (1) “The rift influence…is not necessarily the primary control on the amount of sediment supplied to the lake;” and (2) “…authors do not discuss glaciation as a possible parameter influencing sediment supply to Lake Baikal.”

Regarding item no. 1, we need to clarify several of Back et al.'s interpretations of our statements. Our full abstract statement was, “Tectonically influenced half-graben morphology controls...

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