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Open-File Report 2010-1041

Reported Historic Asbestos Mines, Historic Asbestos Prospects, and Other Natural Occurrences of Asbestos in Oregon and Washington

By Bradley S. Van Gosen


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This map and its accompanying dataset provide information for 51 natural occurrences of asbestos in Washington and Oregon, using descriptions found in the geologic literature. Data on location, mineralogy, geology, and relevant literature for each asbestos site are provided. Using the map and digital data in this report, the user can examine the distribution of previously reported asbestos occurrences and their geological characteristics in the Pacific Northwest States of Washington and Oregon. This report is part of an ongoing study by the U.S. Geological Survey to identify and map reported natural asbestos occurrences in the United States, which thus far includes similar maps and datasets of natural asbestos occurrences within the Eastern United States (, the Central United States (, the Rocky Mountain States (, and the Southwestern United States ( These reports are intended to provide State and local government agencies and other stakeholders with geologic information on natural occurrences of asbestos in the United States.

First posted March 2, 2010

For additional information contact:

U.S. Geological Survey
Central Region Mineral Resources Science Center
Box 25046, MS-973
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Van Gosen, B.S, 2010, Reported historic asbestos mines, historic asbestos prospects, and other natural occurrences of asbestos in Oregon and Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1041, 1 pl.

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