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Gray-blue to green, highly fibrous (asbestiform) form of the amphibole mineral riebeckite. It has higher tensile strength than chrysotile asbestos. The major commercial source is South Africa, where it occurs in Precambrian banded-iron formations; it is also found in Australia and Bolivia.
Variants of CROCIDOLITE
crocidolite or blue asbestos
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