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About AmositeHide

Acronym of Asbestos Mines of South Africa.
A variety of Grunerite

A fibrous variety of Grunerite. The name has also been used to refer to other asbestiform amphibole materials, such as Cummingtonite.

According to Amosite (CAS No. 12172-73-5) is a trade name for the amphiboles belonging to the cummingtonite-grunerite solid solution series, commonly from South Africa, named as an acronym from Asbestos Mines of South Africa.

Not to be confused with Amesite.

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Health Risks:
Amosite asbestos has been banned in the UK and many other countries as the fibres and dust can cause serious lung conditions if inhaled. Any handling of material containing amosite asbestos should be done only by those who are trained and properly equipped in its handling and disposal.

Collectors who have small samples of Amosite or other asbestos minerals are advised to keep them in sealed plastic boxes where they are, of course, perfectly safe.


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ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Santa Cruz
    • Cerro Pelado
Rivas, S. and Ahlfeld, F. (1998) Los Minerales de Bolivia y sus Parajes (Santa Cruz)
South Africa
  • Limpopo Province
    • Capricorn District
      • Lepele-Nkumpi Municipality
MIYANO, T. and. BEUKES, J. (1997): Mineralogy and Petrology of the Contact Metamorphosed Amphibole Asbestos-bearing Penge Iron Formation, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa.- Journal of Petrology, Vol. 38 , n° 5, pp 651–676.
    • Sekhukhune District
Cairncross, B. and Dixon, R., (1995) Minerals of South Africa. The Geological Society of South Africa. 211;
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