Asbestos is the general term for a group of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals.[1] The most abundant form is chrysotile, which is found in bundles of fibres that can exceed 10 cm in length. Chrysotile is the only serpentine variety. The five amphibole varieties include amosite, crocidolite, actinolite, tremolite, and anthophyllite. Asbestos has been widely used in commercial applications because of its heat resistance, tensile strength, insulating and friction characteristics, as well as its ability to be woven

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