Rovere, Alessio, Casella, Elisa, Harris, Daniel L., Lorscheid, Thomas, Nandasena, Napayalage A. K., Dyer, Blake, Sandstrom, Michael R., Stocchi, Paolo, D’Andrea, William J. and Raymo, Maureen E. (2018) Reply to Hearty and Tormey: Use the scientific method to test geologic hypotheses, because rocks do not whisper. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (13). E2904-E2905. DOI

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Hearty and Tormey (1) challenge our conclusions (2), incorrectly arguing that the megaboulders we discuss were shown to originate from the cliff bottom. A number of mischaracterizations are made by Hearty and Tormey (1) in their letter. First, we do not use a “tsunami wave model.” Second, we do not address the two other Bahamian landforms Hearty and Tormey (1) mention: their “superstorm” genesis interpretation [for which alternative hypotheses have been proposed (3, 4)] has no bearing on our (2) conclusions.

Hearty and Tormey’s (1) claim that the boulders have “fingerprints” based on “several physical criteria” and “data from multiple disciplines” is false. Only two mega-boulder “physical properties” were reported by Hearty …

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Biogeochemistry and Geology > Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology
Biogeochemistry and Geology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
ISSN: 0027-8424
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 11:48
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:28

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