Types of Asbestos
Asbestos was used for decades in insulation and other industrial applications before its health hazards became widely known. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma cancer, as well as lung cancer, asbestosis and other diseases. There are six different types of asbestos.
Chrysotile – Also known as white asbestos, chrysotile asbestos is the most widely used variety of the mineral and accounts for nearly 95% of the asbestos used in the U.S. Chrysotile is found in curled serpentine fibers.
Amosite– Amosite asbestos is a type of amphibole asbestos that is mined in Africa. It is often referred to as Grunerite or brown asbestos. Amosite has been used in a number of industrial applications, including cement sheet and pipe insulation.
Crocidolite– Crocidolite, also known as blue asbestos, is mined in Australia and Africa and is considered to be the most dangerous form of the mineral. Blue asbestos is less heat resistant than other forms of asbestos, so it is rarely used for insulation. Crocidolite is most commonly found in asbestos cement.
Tremolite– This type of asbestos is often found mixed together with other minerals, including talc and vermiculite. Tremolite asbestos has caused widespread contamination in the towns of Troy and Libby, Montana as a result of their proximity to the nearby W.R. Grace vermiculite mine.
Anthophyllite– This type of asbestos is a grey-brown form of amphibole asbestos that has been mined in both Finland and Japan. Although extremely rare, anthophyllite asbestos can be found in asbestos cement, insulation, roofing material and composite flooring.
Actinolite– Actinolite asbestos is a dark-colored type of amphibole asbestos that is rarely used for industrial purposes. It was once mined in Australia, and can be found in gem form in Taiwan, Canada and the United States.
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