We were pleased to read that our multiphase illitization model (Yates and Rosenberg 1996, 1997, 1998) has been confirmed by further experimental studies (Ferrage et al. 2011). We agree that illitization is a dissolution-precipitation process following the Ostwald step rule in which metastable intermediate phases are transformed into end-member illite. Unfortunately, several misstatements and misconceptions about our previous studies are incorporated into the paper by Ferrage et al. (2011) and their experimental design is open to criticism.

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(1) The multiphase model of Yates and Rosenberg (1996) is not based on the fundamental particle concept...

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