Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 38/2016

Occurrence and characterization of asbestos minerals in the area of San Severino Lucano (Basilicata, Southern Italy)

Andrea Bloise (a), Manuela Catalano (a), Teresa Critelli (a), Domenico Miriello (a) & Eugenio Barrese (a)
(a) Dipartimento di Biologia, Ecologia e Scienze della Terra - Università della Calabria, Via Pietro Bucci, Cubo 15b, 87036, Rende, Italy. Corresponding author e-mail:

Volume: 38/2016
Pages: 3-5


Serpentinites are metamorphic rocks used for building and ornamental purposes since ancient times but they can contain asbestos minerals, thus currently their use is limited or banned in several countries. In this study we have investigated the possible presence of asbestos contained in the serpentinitic rocks outcropping near San Severino Lucano (Basilicata, Southern-Italy). Serpentinites have been characterized in detail combining different analytical techniques in order to detect asbestos minerals that maybe potentially harmful for human health.


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