We appreciate the comments by Ogawa and Vrolijk and agree with their contention that the major issue surrounding our publication is control on primary fluid flow within the décollement zone beneath the Barbados Ridge accretionary wedge. This primary flow direction, as evidenced by negative chlorine anomalies and as also acknowledged by Ogawa and Vrolijk in their discussion, is updip in response to the primary pressure gradient of the system. Our paper was directed at illustrating previously unrecognized structural controls influencing fluid migration pathways in the primary direction of flow. Consideration of as yet unrecognized N-S anisotropic flow within the décollement,...

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