Anthophyllite Asbestos Mineral Specimen
An example of asbestiform variety anthophyllite mineral ore, shown with fibrous characteristics in natural daylight. This sample exhibits a light tan coloration with some minor associated pale green talc matrix; approx. 18-cm x 5-cm.
Asbestiform anthophyllite, an amphibole, is one of only six minerals presently regulated as "asbestos", a classification which consists of five amphiboles and one serpentine asbestiform mineral types.
Historically, anthophyllite asbestos was used much less commonly as compared to other types of asbestos minerals, such as chrysotile, crocidolite, or amosite. However, because of its close association with certain talc ore deposits, controversial issues concerning asbestos-contaminated talc have surfaced on occasion. Talc is currently used in a large, growing number of consumer and industrial applications, ranging from materials manufacturing to food preparation to cosmetics and personal hygiene products.