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Table. 2.

Comparison of serpentine and amphibole asbestos

Serpentine Amphibole
Chemical formula Chrysotile [Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4] Crocidolite [Na2Fe2(FeMg)3Si8O22(OH)2]
Amosite [(Fe,Mg)7Si8O22(OH)2]
Chemical structure Extended sheet Double chain

(Image source: Hanley et al., 2001)

(Image source: Hanley et al., 2001)
Representative SEM image
(Image source: Kim et al., 2010)

(Image source: Toyokuni, 2009)
Fiber shape Curly Straight
Surface area per mass Large Small
Cytotoxicity Less toxic Toxic
Commercial uses until 2007 in Korea Most frequently used Rarely used
Biomed Sci Letters 2021;27:111-20 https://doi.org/10.15616/BSL.2021.27.3.111
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