David K. Joyce

Rocks and Ores, Chrysotile, Beaver Mine, Thetford Mines, Quebec

I'm not sure why I put this interesting mienral under "Rocks and Ores" but here it is! These specvimens represent superb examples of "long fibre" asbestos, the fibrous form of the mineral serpentine. The fibres of this mineal are extremely fine and flexible, so much so, that it can be subdivided, made into threads and woven! Unfortunately, this mineral has been linked to health problems related to aspiration of tiny fibres and has been banned from most uses. Specimens like this pose no health hazard. Fascinating and unique mineral!

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ChrysotileRocks and Ores, Chrysotile, Beaver Mine, Thetford Mines, Quebec
  • Item #27950
  • Chrysotile
  • 8.5x7.4x4.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 28mm
  • $85.00
  • Mt. Belvedere
  • Eden Mills
    Vermont, USA
  • A superb vein of this unusual and much maligned mineral cuts across the top of a serpentine matrix. The fibrous crystals are up to 28mm long and a beautiful green in the intact part of the vein. Excellent example!