Photo category:
Rocks and Minerals specimen collection

  • Photo taken Locality: Greece, Crete, Heraklion, Gonies
  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    October 2011

Photo of a sample of Serpentinite with Asbestos, bought at Farsala, Greece in 2000. The serpentinite is a metamorphic rock composed mainly of serpentine, varying in color from pale gray to green-black. The rock is fine-grained, compact, without schistosity. The white asbestos is a variant of the mineral serpentine. Asbestos is a group of different silicate minerals with common feature the fibrous form. Today its use is abandoned because inhalation causes lung cancer.