The “dolomite problem”—how great thicknesses of dolomitized platform carbonates form—has vexed geologists for decades. In this paper, Humphrey and Quinn described the nature and distribution of dolomite from three late Pleistocene raised reef terraces in southeastern Barbados, West Indies. The data facilitated a conceptual model that was then numerically tested by computer simulation. The results revealed the how interaction of sea level fluctuations, sedimentation, rapid recurring dolomitization, and subsidence controlled generation of dolomitic successions.
Coastal mixing zone dolomite, forward modeling, and massive dolomitization of platform-margin carbonates by John D. Humphrey and Terrence M. Quinn, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 59, p. 438-454.