Chrysotile is a Magnesium hydrated silicate, often called "white asbestos" because of its fibrous form. Asbestos was formerly used as a heat insulator, but has since been found to be a human carcinogen when the fibers are inhaled.
Chrysotile asbestos, sample is about 8 cm across.
Chrysotile asbestos, sample is about 1 cm across.
This last photo shows veins of fibrous chrysotile in serpentinite rock. The rock is about 10 cm wide.
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