Baronnet, Alain J. Centre de Recherche sur les Méchanismes de la Croissance Cristalline, Marseille, France.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Geological occurrence
- Crystal-chemical properties
- Topologies of fibrils
- Fivefold symmetry
- Polygonal serpentines
- Fiber type and associated hazards
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Chrysotile is a fibrous mineral with a tubular morphology for each fibril (Fig. 1). It is a member of the serpentine mineral group, as are antigorite and lizardite. Chrysotile aggregates make up serpentine asbestos, which is the most important type of commercially mined asbestos. Russia and Canada are the main producing countries. Chrysotile displays interesting properties such as being thermally and electrically insulating, sound insulating, chemically inert, fire-resistant, mechanical energy–absorbing, and flexible with enough high tensile strength to be woven. There are hundreds of applications for chrysotile including fire retarder in buildings, roofing tiles, brake pads, weavable material for refractory clothes, filters, and fibers in fibrocement and road surfaces. See also: Asbestos; Serpentine; Serpentinite
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