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The Six Types of Asbestos

Are you getting freshly acquainted with asbestos? While we hope you never come into contact with the substance (although chances are quite high that you might have at some point in your life), we encourage everyone to educate themselves a little more on the possible dangers that can occur after exposure.


Most people know they are supposed to avoid asbestos, but many were not aware that there are different types - and some more dangerous than others.

Chrysotile: A white curly fiber, chrysotile accounts for 90% of asbestos in products and is a member of the serpentine group. It is a magnesium silicate. 

Amosite: Brown or gray, straight amosite fibers belong in the amphibole group, and contain iron and magnesium.

Crocidolite: A member of the amphibole group, crocidolite takes the form of blue, straight fibers. It is a sodium iron magnesium silicate.

Anthophyllite: Anthophyllite ranges in color from white to gray to brown. It is associated with talc and other minerals, and is a magnesium iron silicate hydroxide.

Tremolite: Tremolite is a calcium, magnesium, iron silicate, which is white to grayish green and can be found in metamorphic rocks.

Actinolite: Actinolite has a chemical formula that is similar to tremolite, but actinolite contains more iron in relation to magnesium than does tremolite. It appears as dark green crystals or fibrous aggregates.

Want to know more about asbestos? Read through our Asbestos Overview to learn more about this toxic substance and the dangerous effects it carries with it.

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