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Reply to comment on “Magnitude and profile of organic carbon isotope records from the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum: evidence from northern Spain” by Manners et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 376 (2013) 220–230]

Manners, Hayley R.; Grimes, Stephen T.; Sutton, Paul A.; Domingo, Laura; Leng, Melanie J.; Twitchett, Richard J.; Hart, Malcolm B.; Jones, Tom Dunkley; Pancost, Richard D.; Duller, Robert; Lopez-Martinez, Nieves. 2014 Reply to comment on “Magnitude and profile of organic carbon isotope records from the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum: evidence from northern Spain” by Manners et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 376 (2013) 220–230]. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 395. 294-295. 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.03.056

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We thank the authors for their comment and welcome the opportunity to clarify our interpretations in view of the concerns raised. First, Pujalte and Schmitz dismiss our dataset from Tendrui by claiming that there is no Claret Conglomerate (CC) at this location. The Tendrui section of Domingo et al. (2009) and Manners et al. (2013) can be located using the coordinates recorded in Manners et al. (2013; N 042° 10′07.2″, E 000° 51′25.3″). When sampling at this location the CC was indeed exposed, as presented in the logs of Domingo et al. (2009) and Manners et al. (2013). It may be possible that the Tendrui section without the CC, referred to by Pujalte and Schmitz (2014), is exposed at a different location in the vicinity of Tendrui. Unfortunately their locality cannot be identified as its precise location was not provided by Schmitz and Pujalte (2007) or Pujalte et al. (2014). Second, Pujalte and Schmitz (2014) claim that vegetation covers the critical interval below the CC at the Claret road section (Fig. 1 of their comment), making the sampling through this “covered” interval, as presented in Manners et al. (2013), impossible. There is vegetation in this area, but when sampled in March 2010, this was not so dense as to preclude trenching back into in-situ material (Fig. 1). This is how our samples were taken, with the express aim of providing a more complete record of the carbon isotope excursion (CIE) onset below the CC.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.03.056
ISSN: 0012821X
Date made live: 11 Sep 2015 10:48 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/511753

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