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Scanning electron micrograph of asbestiform amphibole from a former vermiculite mining site near Libby, Montana. Source: U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, Denver, Colorado

A vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana. Asbestos has been detected in vermiculite from this mine.

Bagged asbestos awaits disposal in a landfill.

Sample of vermiculite ore mined in Libby, Montana

Raw (right hand) and popped (left hand) vermiculite
(Photo source: U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, Denver, Colorado)

Tremolite Asbestos.

Close Up of Vermiculite Insulation in an Attic
(Photo courtesy of EPA)

Different Grades of Vermiculite
(Photo courtesy of EPA)

Attic Containing Vermiculite Insulation
(Photo courtesy of EPA)

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