Mössbauer spectra of two glauconites, BSH-11 and KUL-1, from the Southern Urals are interpreted by simulation using crystal-chemical modelling and by fitting of quadrupole splitting distribution (QSD). The crystal-chemical modelling is based on X-ray diffraction (XRD) data and includes, as a priori information, individual quadrupole splittings for Fe3+ and for Fe2+ that correspond to specific local cation arrangements (LCA) having certain occurrence probabilities. The latter are provided by two-dimensional octahedral cation distribution using integrated infrared optical densities for bands corresponding to the cation pairs bound to the OH groups. Combination of crystal-chemical modelling and quasi-continuous model-independent QSDs fitted to Mössbauer spectra resulted in cation distributions for which R2+ (Mg, Fe2+) and R3+ (Al, Fe3+) cations occupy one of two structurally independent cis-sites with equal probabilities. The cation distributions obtained are characterized by Fe-clustering, domain structure, and different trends to homogeneous charge dispersion.

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