National Minerals Information Center

Asbestos Statistics and Information

Asbestos is a generic name given to six fibrous minerals that have been used in commercial products.  The six types of asbestos are chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite asbestos, tremolite asbestos, and actinolite asbestos.  Several properties that make asbestos so versatile and cost effective are high tensile strength, chemical and thermal stability, high flexibility, low electrical conductivity, and large surface area.  The leading domestic markets are roofing products, gaskets, and friction products.  Nearly all of the asbestos produced worldwide is chrysotile.


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Daniel M Flanagan

USGS Mineral Commodity Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
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