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How Asbestos is Mined

Asbestos is a mineral that has a lot of highly-desired properties. It is fire resistant, inexpensive, and has more tensile strength than steel. Additionally, it is fibrous and can be made into other materials or into asbestos cloths. However, asbestos is a carcinogen and is incredibly dangerous if its fibers are inhaled.

Asbestos exposure is known to directly cause mesothelioma, a rare cancer affecting the lining between major internal organs. If you have developed mesothelioma, asbestos exposure is almost certainly behind it. If you would like to learn more about the legal and medical options available to you as a victim of mesothelioma, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

Mining Process

Asbestos can be found all over the world and has enjoyed a multitude of industrial and domestic uses. It is found underground and usually mined in an open pit. Some types of asbestos are found deeper in the earth, and can be found as far as 900 feet below the ground. Asbestos forms in between small cracks in underground soft rocks and must be separated from this rock in order to be useful.

To find asbestos deposits, miners use a device called a magnometer. The magnometer receives a signal from underground magnetite, a mineral that is commonly found near asbestos deposits. When miners pinpoint a good location, they begin drilling. They form an open pit mine, which consists of flat walking surfaces that spiral down as far as the miners mine. These surfaces serve as walkways and a route for removing the asbestos-containing ore. The miners then separate asbestos from rock and ship it off.

Because asbestos is such a dangerous material, many nations have completely stopped mining it. Only a few countries, including Russia and India, still have large scale asbestos mining operations.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love is suffering from an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses. To learn more, please fill out the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Help Center’s contact form, located at the top of this page.

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