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Chapter 3 Naturally Occurring Asbestos
Concern for the potential to be exposed to asbestos from proximity of asbestos veins, surface occurrences, or contamination has grown in the public mind, with the awareness of the health effects of these fibrous minerals. The derivative use of asbestos as ingredients in building materials turned the science of asbestos back to its source. In trying to relate asbestos exposure, content, and health effect, the evolving science of asbestos epidemiology looked for health response in areas of highest potential exposure, in other words, where high levels of asbestos containing materials were used, for example, in shipbuilding or pipefitting, and near the actual sources of the minerals: asbestos mines and mills. Geologists and mineralogists have refined and relayed their understanding of precisely what asbestos is, and where it can be found in the earth “naturally occurring.”
Fitzgerald, Sean M.
President, Scientific Analytical Institute, Austin, Texas,