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Insights from previous karst studies of the relatively simple and stable carbonate islands of the Caribbean and Western Atlantic have been applied to develop the carbonate island karst model (CIKM), a general model with which we can interpret the karst of more complicated islands in the Western Pacific. This paper summarizes the karst of the five southernmost Mariana Islands in order of increasing complexity. All exhibit complicated histories of tectonic uplift and subsidence overprinted by glacio-eustasy. Each, however, is distinct and can be described in total or by subunit in terms of the four idealized carbonate island types defined in...

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