Reply to comment on the paper by Davies et al. “Resolving MISS conceptions and misconceptions: A geological approach to sedimentary surface textures generated by microbial and abiotic processes” (Earth Science Reviews, 154 (2016), 210–246)

12 Feb 2018

We thank Noffke (2017) for her comment and for providing an opportunity to clarify our classification of “sedimentary surface textures”. We accord great credit to Dr. Noffke and other dedicated researchers whose detailed work has brought microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS) to the widespread attention of geoscientists. However, we stand by our assertion that attributing structures observed in practical field and laboratory studies to processes of formation is much more problematic than Noffke (2017) indicates. Indeed, points in the Comment confirm the need for a classification system that categorises the degree of certainty attributed to a given interpretation. We stress that our paper was not designed as a critique of previous studies of MISS but rather was designed to encourage a reasonable assessment of uncertainty in assigning sedimentary surface textures to physical processes or to MISS.