What does asbestos look like?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that achieve a fluffy consistency through processing. Asbestos fibres are flexible and soft, and also resist heat, corrosion and electricity. Asbestos has many useful qualities! However, exposure to asbestos fibres is also highly toxic.
Asbestos is not a single mineral. Instead, the term “asbestos” is a group of silicate minerals that share the same texture and properties. Asbestos is often classified by colour:
- “white asbestos” (chrysotile)
- “brown asbestos” (amosite)
- “blue asbestos” (crocidolite)