Asbestos veins in serpentinite

Asbestos veins in serpentinite

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Caption: Veins of asbestos transecting each other in serpentinite rock. Asbestos, also known as chrysotile, is a mineral formed by magnesium silicate. Serpentinite is a metamorphic rock formed when igneous rocks are oxidized and hydrolyzed by water. Asbestos has a fibrous makeup, and the fibers or dust of it can cause lung cancer when inhaled.

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Keywords: asbestos, chrysotile, earth science, geology, hydrolyzed, igneous rocks, magnesium, metamorphic, mineral, mineralogy, oxidized, phyllosilicate, rock, serpentine, serpentinite, silicate, stone, transecting, veins

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