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On the crystallinity of illite in diagenesis and anchimetamorphism

A simple method to estimate the degree of “crystallinity” of illite has been used for several years in three French laboratories. Many results, which are unpublished, were obtained; three examples are presented in this paper. They show the sensibility of the method, which allows one to appreciate, above all other methods, burial diagenesis, the front of metamorphism, or some regional areas of very weak metamorphism.