D. Mark Steinhauff; Modeling Carbonate Microfacies in the Context of High-Frequency Dynamic Relative Sea-Level and Environmental Changes: Discussion. Journal of Sedimentary Research ; 70 (6): 1333–1334. doi: https://doi.org/10.1306/042800701333
I would like to clear up some misconceptions stated by Spence and Tucker (1999) regarding Steinhauff and Walker (1995) and make some positive comments about the approach they used to document and interpret a Mesozoic carbonate example from France. Spence and Tucker (1999) explain that systems tracts described using standard microfacies (e.g., Wilson 1975; Flügel 1982) fail to take into account gradual changes in the water depths occurring through changes in relative sea level. They cite Steinhauff and Walker (1995) as an example illustrating the shortcomings of using microfacies to correlate a carbonate succession.