Type: Mineral

Category: Silicate minerals

Chemical/Scientific/Etc. : Mg3Si2O5(OH)4 (Chrysotile)

Description/Characteristics :  

Asbestos includes fibrous forms of amphibole. The fibers in general are very long, thin and flexible. In strictest sense, the term asbestos is confined to the fibrous form of actinolite but common asbestos include fibrous varieties of a number of different silicates. The following minerals are now included in

Commercial asbestos:

  • Chrysotile
  • Actinolite
  • Amosite
  •  Crocidolite

Silky lustre, fibrous form and cleavage

Place of collections: Cuddapah

Date/Month/year of Collection: 2022

Distribution: Chrysotile variety of asbestos is found in Cuddapah in Andhra Pradesh and Singhbhum belt in Jharkhand. Minor occurrences are reported from Udaipur district of Rajasthan and Mysore district of Karnataka. Other varieties of asbestos mostly occur in Rajasthan and some other parts of the country

Uses if any: Asbestos is utilised due to its property of being spun into yarn and its resistance to heat and electricity, and fibrous tendency. It is used in manufacture of break and clutch lining, gaskets, boilers covering, insulating material, fire proof textiles, paper, fillers and filters. It is basically used in the production of asbestos sheets and tiles.

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