In the accompanying discussion, Benn has argued that we did not provide the appropriate context for discussing the results of our ring-shear study of till-fabric development. We thank him for summarizing his important field work (Benn, 1995; Benn and Evans, 1996, 1998) and are encouraged that the results of our laboratory studies agree with some of his field interpretations.

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We do, however, view the context of our experimental results quite differently than how Benn seems to view them. He has asserted that some of our conclusions—among these that elongate particles in shearing till rotate into the plane...

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