Processes associated with deep sea carbonate lithification suggest an alternative mechanism, other than pressure–solution, for the formation of stylolites. Stylolites may also be formed by submarine solutional erosion following lithification, oxidation of the eroded surface, and renewal of carbonate deposition. This process is responsible for removing significant quantities of carbonate sediment in the marine environment without exposure to subaerial agencies.

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