Composition of the Asbestos Tailings from the Mines in the Eastern Townships of Quebec

CIM Bulletin, 1972

C. BARBEAU, S. COUTURE and J . C. ROY, Department of Chemistry, Universite Laval, Quebec, P.Q.

The chemical composition of the asbestos tailings from different mines in the Eastern Townships of Quebec are fairly uniform in composition. The serpentine minerals antigorite and chrysotile form about 85 to 90 per cent of the total. Iron oxides add another 7 to 10 per cent; magnetite represents about 70 per cent of the oxides. Chromite is present in amounts of about 0.5 per cent. The average contents of elemental magnesium, iron and nickel are 23, 6 and 0.25 per cent respectively.
Keywords: antigorite, by Nickel, chrysotile, Eastern Townships, Quebec, Asbestos tailings, Eastern Townships, Iron, Magnesium, Mine, Mines, nickel, Oxide, Quebec