The discussion by Roger Scoon and Andrew Mitchell on our recent publication (Latypov et al., 2017a) is most welcome and we are glad of the opportunity to clarify some of the issues they raise as well as to respond to their criticisms. First of all, we apologize for some misrepresentation of the model by Mitchell and Scoon (2007) for the origin of the Merensky Reef (MR) within the publication. We would like to stress, however, that our confusion partly comes from Mitchell and Scoon’s entangled narrative, which lacks schematic illustration of their model. Their current discussion suffers from...

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