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Where exactly do asbestos come from?

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In brief: It is mined

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined, much like gold, copper and coal.
It is composed largely of silicon and has been used for everything from insulation to fire-proofing. When the fibers are inhaled, they can cause significant lung damage and disease. It has been largely banned from building materials in the us. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/asbestos.

In brief: It is mined

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined, much like gold, copper and coal.
It is composed largely of silicon and has been used for everything from insulation to fire-proofing. When the fibers are inhaled, they can cause significant lung damage and disease. It has been largely banned from building materials in the us. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/asbestos.
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