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DescriptionChrysotile, a variety of serpentine, (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4, has been known for over 2000 years, being used initially for cremation cloths, oil lamp wicks and other textiles. But it is only in the 19th Century that chrysotile was first mined commercially in the Urals (Russia), in Italy and in Canada.
PhotographerNessa Eull. 2002-04-10.
CollectionUniversity of North Dakota Mineralogy Collection #1486.
Key wordsChrysotile
Tech details492 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number2640