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The thesis is presented that some of the clay minerals are more "at home" in certain environments than in other environments. Also, structural considerations indicate that possibilities of the transformations of the clay minerals and the ease with which they may take place are not the same for all varieties of them. The transformations during diagenesis, therefore, vary with the nature of the environment and the material brought to the environment--they may be substantial or almost non-existent.
It seems generally true that there may be a considerable change immediately when a sediment enters a new environment with different characteristics followed by a further very slow gradual change.
Evidence favoring this concept is presented.
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