Original paper

Illitization of smectite as seen by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy

Amouric, Marc; Olives, Juan

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 3 Number 5 (1991), p. 831 - 836

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published: Oct 2, 1991
manuscript accepted: Mar 29, 1991
manuscript received: Feb 5, 1991

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/3/5/0831

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Abstract High-resolution transmission electron microscopy observations have been performed on a sample which represents an early stage of the transformation of smectite into illite (by hydrothermal alteration). Pure smectite (with uncollapsed layers of 1.25 nm thick), pure illite and interstratified illite-smectite have been distinguished. Detailed observations suggest the existence of two transformation mechanisms: (i) dissolution of smectite and crystallization of illite ; (ii) solid-state transformation of one smectite layer into one illite layer. Interstratified illite-smectite minerals are of random type and probably formed by a solid-state mechanism. Pure illite crystals, generally of 1 M poly type, are mainly produced by dissolution-crystallization.


illitesmectitetransformation mechanisminterstratificationhigh-resolution transmission electron microscopy