In this chapter, we turn our attention to an issue that is often not based on rational science, but about fear—the issue of asbestos. As the geological community is well aware, all asbestos are minerals, and thus naturally formed; yet in the public arena, many people believe asbestos is something manufactured by humans and that one fiber is enough to kill you if inhaled. It is the intent of this chapter to provide background information for members of differing communities, be they mineralogists, geologists, medical researchers, regulatory workers, or legal professionals to better understand amphibole-related health and environmental issues. This...

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