Yates and Rosenberg (2011) have commented on our recent study of smectite illitization process based on alteration of pure montmorillonite in K-rich chloride medium (Ferrage et al. 2011), arguing that this latter is a duplication of the study of Whitney and Northrop (1988). They also claimed that our study suffers from misconception as compared to study of Yates and Rosenberg (1996, 1998, 2002) based on alteration of muscovite/illite+kaolinite/microcline+quartz/amorphous silica in 2 M KCl/HCl conditions. In the following, we respond to the most important points criticized by Yates and Rosenberg (2011).

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