Asbestos Chemistry

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Besides the other topics involved in Asbestos, they have chemicals and chemistry involved. “Naturally occurring asbestos can be found most abundantly in and around Humboldt County, in areas of San Benito and Monterey counties, and in western El Dorado county” ("Naturally Occurring Asbestos"). Asbestos is not a human substance or a chemical, but it is made out of stone. There are a group of six naturally occurring silicate minerals that is inside found in rock and soil which are: amosite (Fe7Si8O22(OH))2, crocidolite (Na2Fe23Fe32Si8O22(OH)2), chrysotile (Mg3Si2H4O9), actinolite Ca2(Mg, Fe)5 (Si8O22)(OH)2), anthophyllite (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2), and tremolite (Ca2Mg5Si8O22(OH)2). The silicate minerals described have various colors that identify …show more content…
In addition, asbestos lacks the ability to move meaning that they do not evaporate, dissolve, or create any reaction if added with other chemicals. Testing asbestos in water or organic solvents is impossible because it will not dissolve; in fact, they will not be flammable due to their properties. The only mineral that can dissolve in acid is chrysotile and amosite, while crocidolite and anthophyllite are unaffected to acids. The structure of the silicate minerals has a bond with them, which are the …show more content…
This can lead to air and soil pollution that leaves the surrounding area contaminated with asbestos, fibers in the soil usually sit on the top which makes it easy for them to be dispersed into the air. Asbestos was in demand during the 19th, but concerns for asbestos related illnesses didn't begin till the beginning of the 20th century. As so, by the end of the 1900’s asbestos was heavily restricted and banned from many countries. Exposure from contaminated infrastructure can be caused by the degrading or demolition of asbestos products, as asbestos becomes a hazard when it become airborne. Building reconstruction or demolition of infrastructure built prior to the 1980 has a chance of containing asbestos products such as; shingles, tiles, insulation, and pipes. So, when dealing with asbestos in homes, professionals should be consulted, to insure asbestos is controlled and does not become a hazard.
Prolonged exposure to products containing asbestos causes the accumulation of the fibers in the lung, and over time the lungs suffer from scarring and inflammation. Which leads to respiratory problems and other potential fatal health effects. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer all recognize asbestos as a carcinogen, as it canalso cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.( The effect of asbestos can be linked with other cancers

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