Asbestos is a class of minerals that can be readily separated into thin, strong fibers that are flexible, heat resistant, and chemically inert.
Asbestos minerals are used in fireproof fabrics, yarn, cloth, and paper and paint filler.
Boron compounds are used for many different purposes in industry and the home.
Boron is used to make glass, ceramics, enamels, fiberglass, make water softeners, soaps and detergents.
Other uses are in agricultural chemicals, pest controls, fire retardants, fireworks, medicine, and various minor applications.
Boron nitride is one of the hardest known substances and is used for abrasives and cutting tools.
Half of the consumption of cobalt is used in corrosion- and abrasion-resistant alloys with steel, nickel, and other metals for the production of industrial engines.Bismuth is used in a number of very different applications.The majority is consumed in bismuth alloys, and in pharmaceuticals and chemicals.Aggregates are composed of rock fragments that may be used in their natural state or after mechanical processing, such as crushing, washing, or sizing.Recycled aggregates consist mainly of crushed concrete and crushed asphalt pavement.