What is Asbestos

Asbestos; chances are you've heard of peoples asbestos horror stories, the health risks and that it's a major cause of cancer. What is asbestos really? There’s more to it than you may think, we’ll go over what it is and where it comes from.

What is Asbestos

Asbestos is a thin, fibrous, naturally-occurring silicate mineral. There are 6 types, they consist of long, soft, thin, flexible, fibrous crystals. These fibers can be broken down and manipulated into different products. These fibers contain many microscopic fibrils that can be released into the atmosphere.

Where Does Asbestos Come From

Asbestos is mined from the earth, it is found in large deposits or as a contaminant in other minerals. For this reason, the mining of other minerals is regulated and tested. Asbestos is found all throughout the earth; it was mainly mined in Russia, China, Kazakhstan and was once mined in North America. Asbestos is actually found in our air and water in minute amounts that are not enough to be harmful.

The Types of Asbestos

There are 6 types of asbestos, they are categorized into 2 categories;

Serpentine Asbestos