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The illite crystal has a great tendency of _______________ properties.

(a) Swelling

(b) To split in to ultimate platelets

(c) High shrinkage

(d) None of the mentioned

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The origin of the question is Clay Minerals in division Soil Structure and Clay Minerology of Geotechnical Engineering I

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Right choice is (b) To split in to ultimate platelets

Explanation: The cationic bond of illite is weaker than the hydrogen bond of kaolinite, but is stronger in water bond. Due to this, illite crystal has a great tendency to split in to ultimate platelets.

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